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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.

Events



Dissertation Defense: Cui

Apr 8, 2020 at - | Linguistics Library -- 3401C Walnut St., Suite 300

Note:  Event will likely be Virtual due to the Coronavirus restrictions.  More information will be posted when available.



Speaker Series: Gary Thoms (NYU)

Apr 9, 2020 at -

Event Cancelled due to Coronavirus restrictions.



Dissertation Defense: Jones

Apr 10, 2020 at - | Linguistics Department Seminar Room -- 3401C Walnut St., Suite 300

Note:  Event will likely be Virtual due to the Coronavirus restrictions.  More information will be posted when available.