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Linguistics is the scientific study of human language, from the sounds of speech and the gestures of sign language to the organization of words, sentences, and meaning. Linguistics is also concerned with how languages are learned and used, how they vary and change, and the relationship of language to cognition, biology, and society.

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania has a longstanding reputation for using diverse kinds of empirical data to advance linguistic theory. Known for its interdisciplinary research, the department not only spans the subfields of linguistics but also connects with many other fields in cognitive science and beyond. To learn more about the wide range of research we’re doing, click here.

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Speaker Series: Canaan Breiss, Univ. of Southern California (theoretical/computational/experimental phonology)
Apr 26, 2024 at - | Fisher Bennett 401. (In Person)

Title: Token frequency in the grammar: evidence from Japanese voiced velar nasalization

Dissertation Proposal Defense - Xin Gao
May 7, 2024 at - | Linguistics department library, 3401C Walnut St, Suite 300 and on Zoom

Xin Gao's dissertation proposal defense will be taking place on Wednesday, May 7 at 2pm in the department library