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Linguistics is the scientific study of human language, from the sounds of speech and the gestures of sign language to the organization of words, sentences, and meaning. Linguistics is also concerned with how languages are learned and used, how they vary and change, and the relationship of language to cognition, biology, and society.

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania has a longstanding reputation for using diverse kinds of empirical data to advance linguistic theory. Known for its interdisciplinary research, the department not only spans the subfields of linguistics but also connects with many other fields in cognitive science and beyond. To learn more about the wide range of research we’re doing, click here.

The department is home to a welcoming community of both graduate and undergraduate students. If you’d like to join us, you can learn more about graduate admissions here and about our major and minor here.


Speaker Series -- Lynn Clark (Univ. of Canterbury) -- Virtual
Feb 17, 2023 at - | Virtual, with a Viewing Party in the Linguistics Seminar Room.

As Ms. Clark is in New Zealand, her talk at 10:30 will be prerecorded, and then we will reconvene at 3:30 for a live discussion.

Speaker Series -- Janet van Hell (Pennsylvania State Univ.)
Cognition & Neurolinguistics
Mar 24, 2023 at - | Location - T.B.D.

More information will be provided when available.

Locality in Theory, Processing and Acquisition workshop
Mar 31, 2023 - Apr 1, 2023 (All Day) | University of Pennsylvania

The Penn Syntax Lab is pleased to announce a