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Linguistics is the scientific study of human language, from the sounds of speech and the gestures of sign language to the organization of words, sentences, and meaning. Linguistics is also concerned with how languages are learned and used, how they vary and change, and the relationship of language to cognition, biology, and society.

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania has a longstanding reputation for using diverse kinds of empirical data to advance linguistic theory. Known for its interdisciplinary research, the department not only spans the subfields of linguistics but also connects with many other fields in cognitive science and beyond. To learn more about the wide range of research we’re doing, click here.

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Spring ASL Lecture Series Event: Dr. Anna Lim, Boston University Wheelock College
“The Curious Case of a Multilingual and Multiethnic Deaf Immigrant”
Mar 14, 2024 at - | Meyerson Hall, B-1, 210 South 34th Street

The ASL Program in the Department of Linguistics at Penn is pleased to announce the spring ASL Lecture Series event to be presented by

Speaker Series: Savithry Namboodiripad, Univ. of Michigan (language evolution, variation, syntax)
Mar 29, 2024 at - | in-person, venue TBD

More information will be posted when available.

Speaker Series: Gavin Bidelman, Indiana University Bloomington (neurolinguistics, computational modeling, phonetics)
Apr 5, 2024 at - | Virtual

More information will be posted when available.