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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.


Dissertation Proposal Defense: Kodner

Apr 25, 2019 at - | Linguistics Department Library (3401-C Walnut Street, room 301C)


More information will be posted when available.


Dissertation Defense: Freeman

Apr 30, 2019 at - | 3401-C Walnut Street, room 301C (Linguistics Library)

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Last Day of Classes for 2019 Spring Term

May 1, 2019 (All Day)