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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: Patrice Beddor (U-Mich)

Oct 31, 2019 at - | Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, Room 250.

The Perelman Center is located on campus at 133 S. 36th
Street (across 36th Street from the Penn bookstore).

Speaker Series: Kirk Hazen (W.Va.Univ.)

Nov 14, 2019 at - | Location -- Stiteler Hall B26.

Stiteler Hall is located on campus at 208 S. 37th St.

ASL Lecture Series: Erin Moriarty Harrelson

Nov 20, 2019 at - | Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut Street

An Ethnography of Deaf Tourist Mobilities

Erin Moriarty Harrelson