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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.


2020 Spring Term Break: March 7th -- 15th

Mar 7, 2020 - Mar 15, 2020 (All Day)

Dissertation Defense: Wilson

Mar 18, 2020 at - | Location: 3401A (SEAS) Walnut Street, Room 401B, Active Learning Room

More information will be posted when available.

Speaker Series: Naomi Feldman (Maryland)

Mar 19, 2020 at - | Location: T.B.D.

More information will be provided when available.