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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.


ASL Lecture Series: Erin Moriarty Harrelson

Nov 20, 2019 at - | Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut Street

An Ethnography of Deaf Tourist Mobilities

Erin Moriarty Harrelson

Thursday-Friday class schedules on Tuesday-Wednesday

Nov 26, 2019 - Nov 27, 2019 (All Day)

Thursday Classes will meet on Tuesday, November 26th; and Friday classes will meet on Wednesday, November 27th. 

Thanksgiving Break

Nov 28, 2019 - Dec 1, 2019 (All Day)