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About the Department

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.


Speaker Series: Jim McCloskey, UC Santa Cruz

Title: Microparameters in a tiny space -- Stranding at the edge
Dec 3, 2020 at - | Virtual -- via Zoom

Abstract: In a paper published some years ago (2002), I examined a kind of quantifier float that had gone unexamined in previous work on English, o

Fall Term 2020 -- Final Examinations

Dec 15, 2020 - Dec 22, 2020 (All Day)