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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 - Bezrukov

Sep 25, 2020 at - | On Line

Nikita Bezrukov's dissertation proposal defense will be held on Friday, September 25th at 10am EST. It will take place on Zoom.

Penn ASL-Penn Museum Films Second Sunday: Ishaare, film on Deaf and Deafblind people in Mumbai

Oct 11, 2020 at - | Online Event

Dear Colleagues and Community Members,

Wolf Humanities Center/ASL Lecture Series: Dr. Teresa Burke

Oct 21, 2020 at - | On Line

Dear Colleagues and Community Members,