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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.


ELM 2 Conference
May 18, 2022 - May 20, 2022 (All Day) | Hybrid: On-line and Penn Linguistics Department

Anna Papafragou and Florian Schwarz are excited to host the 2nd 

Summer Session I: Classes Begin
May 23, 2022 (All Day)

Memorial Day Observed (No Classes)
May 30, 2022 (All Day)