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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.


UPenn: ASL Lecture Series (webinar): Amandine le Maire and Sanchu Iyer, "Deaf People on the Move"
Feb 23, 2022 at - | Virtual, via Zoom


2022 Spring Term Break
Mar 5, 2022 - Mar 13, 2022 (All Day)

46th Penn Linguistic Conference
Mar 18, 2022 - Mar 20, 2022 (All Day) | This conference will be Virtual.