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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.


38th East Coast Indo-European Conference (ECIEC XXXVIII)

Jun 21, 2019 - Jun 23, 2019 (All Day) | 3401-A Walnut Street, Room 401B

When: June 21 & 22 (All Day); June 23 (Morning)


First Day of Classes

Aug 27, 2019 (All Day)

Labor Day (No Classes)

Sep 2, 2019 (All Day)