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Linguistics is the scientific study of human language, from the sounds and gestures of speech up to the organization of words, sentences, and meaning. Linguistics is also concerned with the relationship between language and cognition, society, and history.

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest modern linguistics department in the United States, founded by Zellig Harris in 1947. The department is known for its interdisciplinary research, spanning many subfields of linguistics, as well as integration of theory, corpus research, field work, and cognitive and computer science.

The department has both a graduate Ph.D. program and undergraduate major and minors. For the specializations of our faculty, please see the research section.

Events



2021 Commencement
May 17, 2021 (All Day)

The University of Pennsylvania will hold one limited in-person undergraduate Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2021 at Franklin Field on the m



2021 Summer Session I
May 24, 2021 - Jun 30, 2021 (All Day)

For a list of Summer Session I Courses:



2021 Summer Session II
Jul 1, 2021 - Aug 6, 2021 (All Day)

For a list of Summer Session II Courses: