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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.


Dissertation Defense: Caplan
Oct 8, 2021 at - | 3401 Walnut Street, Room 401B (the Active Learning Classroom)

Spencer Caplan will be defending his dissertation "The Immediacy of Linguistic Computation" on Friday October 8th, 2021 at 1:30pm EDT.

2021 Fall Term Break
Oct 14, 2021 - Oct 17, 2021 (All Day)

Speaker Series: Athulya Aravind; MIT
Oct 28, 2021 at -

More information to follow.