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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: Jennifer Nycz (Georgetown)

"Differences without distinctions, and distinctions with little difference: COT/CAUGHT vowels among mobile speakers in New York City and Toronto."
Feb 20, 2020 at - | Location: Houston Hall, HH223-Golkin Room.

Differences without distinctions, and distinctions with little diff

ASL Lecture Series event for Spring 2020: Dr. Joseph Hill

“The Past, Present, and Future of Black ASL”
Mar 5, 2020 at - | Meyerson Hall, B-1.

The ASL Program in the Department

ASL Workshop: "Building Connections with ASL Corpora"

Mar 6, 2020 at - | Location: T.B.D.

Jami Fisher, Julie Hochgesang (Gallaudet) and Meredith Tamminga are delighted to be hosting an ILST-funded workshop called "Building Connections wi