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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.


2021 Spring Term Break (2 Days Only)
Mar 10, 2021 - Mar 11, 2021 (All Day)

Spring Break will be only two consecutive days-- on Wednesday,

PLC 45
Mar 19, 2021 - Mar 21, 2021 (All Day) | Virtual -- On Line

PLC 45 will take place virtually March 19-21.  Registration is now open.

Speaker Series: Michael Wagner (McGill University)
Mar 25, 2021 at - | Virtual -- Via Zoom

More information will be provided when available.