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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.


2022 Fall Term Break
Oct 6, 2022 - Oct 9, 2022 (All Day)

Thursday - Friday Class Schedule on Tuesday - Wednesday
Nov 22, 2022 - Nov 23, 2022 (All Day)

Tuesday, November 22 will operate on a Thursday class schedule.

Wednesday, November 23 will operate on a Friday class schedule.

Thanksgiving Break
Nov 24, 2022 - Nov 27, 2022 (All Day)