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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.


Kathryn Schuler discussion: "Behind The CV"

Jan 23, 2020 at - | The Fireside Lounge -- 2nd Floor, ARCH Bldg; 3601 Locust Walk.

"Behind the CV: Stories from Faculty" 

Speaker Series: Jennifer Nycz (Georgetown)

Feb 20, 2020 at - | Location T.B.D.

More information will be provided when available.

ASL Lecture Series: Dr. joseph Hill

Mar 5, 2020 at - | Meyerson Hall, B-1 (tentative)

More information will be posted when it comes available.