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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.


Symposium in honor of Barbara Partee
Apr 19, 2021 at - | Virtual - A Zoom link is provided in the link below

The Department of Linguistics is proud to co-sponsor the symposium, "The Pa

Dissertation Defense: Lai
Apr 20, 2021 at - | Virtual -- Via Zoom.

Wei Lai is pleased to announce that she will be defending her dissertation titled: "The online adjustment of speaker-specific phonetic beliefs in m

Speaker Series: Mariapaola D'Imperio (Rutgers University)
Apr 22, 2021 at - | Virtual -- Via Zoom

More information will be provided when available.