This page contains the following lists of Penn faculty affiliated with our undergraduate and graduate linguistics programs:

You can find other faculty with linguistics-related interests through the Integrated Language Sciences and Technology (ILST) initiative.

Linguistics Core Faculty

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Eugene Buckley

Associate Professor; Graduate Chair Formal phonology, phonology-morphology interaction, phonological explanation, Native American and Ethio-Semitic linguistics (Ph.D., Berkeley, 1992)

(215) 898-2834

Room 330-C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio

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David Embick

Professor; Department Chair Syntax, morphology, syntax/morphology interface, neurolinguistics (Ph.D., Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1997)

(215) 573-5965

Room 310-C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio

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Nicole R. Holliday

Assistant Professor Sociolinguistics (Ph.D., NYU, 2016)


Room 333-C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio

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Jianjing Kuang

Associate Professor Phonetics, Laboratory phonology, Speech production and perception. (Ph.D. UCLA, 2013)


Room 318-C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio

Julie Anne Legate

Professor Syntax, morphology, syntax-morphology interface, language acquisition (PhD, MIT, 2002)


Room 331-C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio

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Mark Liberman

Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Linguistics Phonetics, prosody, natural language processing, speech communication (Ph.D., MIT, 1975) Director - Linguistic Data Consortium


Room 312-C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio

Rolf Noyer

Rolf Noyer

Associate Professor Theoretical phonology, morphology, morphosyntax, generative metrics; Huave, Mansi. (Ph.D., MIT, 1992)

(215) 573-9232

Room 329-C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio

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Anna Papafragou

Professor Experimental semantics and pragmatics, language acquisition, language and cognition (Ph.D., University College London, 1998)


Room 328-C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio

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Don Ringe

Professor Historical linguistics, Indo-European, morphology (Ph.D., Yale, 1984)

(215) 898-7472

Room 332-C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio

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Gareth Roberts

Assistant Professor Language evolution, language change, language variation, cultural evolution, experimental semiotics, social interaction. (Ph.D., Univ. of Edinburgh, 2010)


Room 317-C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio

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Martin Salzmann

Associate Professor Syntactic theory, syntax-morphology interface, syntax-semantics interface, micro-variation (PhD - University of Leiden, 2006)


327-C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio

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Kathryn Schuler

Assistant Professor Language Acquisition (Ph.D; Georgetown University, 2017)


Room 314C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio

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Florian Schwarz

Associate Professor; Undergraduate Chair Formal semantics and pragmatics, semantic and pragmatic processing (Ph.D., U Mass, 2009) Member of the Graduate Group in Psychology


Room 311-C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio

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Meredith Tamminga

Associate Professor Language variation and change, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics. (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2014)


Room 316-C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio

Charles Yang

Professor Language acquisition, language change, computational linguistics, morphology, psycholinguistics (Ph.D., MIT, 2000) Director of Undergraduate Studies in Cognitive Science


Room 315-C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio

Associated Faculty and Lecturers


Asif Agha

Professor and Department Chair of Anthropology Sino-Tibetan and Indo-Aryan linguistics; semiotics; discourse analysis; social theory (Ph.D. Chicago, 1990)

(215) 898-4110

University Museum, Room 511Read Bio

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Christopher Mark Cieri

Adjunct Associate Professor Executive Director - Linguistic Data Consortium (Staff)


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Delphine Dahan

Associate Professor, Psychology Psycholinguistics, spoken-language comprehension, lexical representation and processing (Ph.D., Paris La Sorbonne René Descartes, 1994)


Room 253, Levin Building
425 S. University Ave.
Philadelphia,PA 19104Read Bio

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Melanie Drolsbaugh

Lecturer American Sign Language Instructor (M.A., Gallaudet University, 1996)

Room 340-C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio

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Jami Fisher

Senior Lecturer (Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2014) American Sign Language Program Director


Room 345-C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio

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Audrey Mbeje

Lecturer African Languages Coordinator (Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, Ball State University)


Room 344-C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio

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Gerald Prince

Professor, Romance Languages Narratology (Ph.D. Brown, 1968)


531 Williams HallRead Bio

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Timothy Roberts

Adjunct Professor; primary appointment: Professor, Dept of Radiology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia neurolinguistics; neuroimaging; auditory processing of language; language and autism (Ph.D., Cambridge, 1991)


Wood Building, Children's Hospital of PhiladelphiaRead Bio

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Beatrice Santorini

Senior Fellow Syntax, Germanic linguistics, language change (Ph.D., Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1989)

215 898-5829

Room 334-C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio

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Daniel Swingley

Professor, Psychology Psycholinguistics, word recognition and lexical representation in infants and young children (Ph.D., Stanford, 1997)


425 S. University Ave.Read Bio


Stephen J. Tinney

Clark Research Associate Professor of Assyriology, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations Sumerian; Mesopotamian language and literature. (Ph.D., Michigan) Director, Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary ProjectAssociate Curator, Babylonian Section, Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

215 898-7467

Room 231, Babylonian Section, University MuseumRead Bio


John Trueswell

Professor of Psychology Language processing, eye movements in reading, visual perception (Ph.D., Rochester, 1993) Director of Graduate Studies in PsychologyDirector of IGERT Language and Communication Program

Office: (215) 898-0911; Lab: (215) 898-0327

Room 254, Levin Building, 425 S. University Ave.Read Bio


Greg Urban

Arthur Hobson Quinn Professor of Anthropology Linguistic and cultural anthropology; metaculture; cultural motion; public sphere processes; world cultures; corporations and culture; business anthropology; Amerindian cultures; Brazil, U.S. (Ph.D. Chicago, 1978)

215 898-0895

University Museum, Room 518Read Bio


Scott Weinstein

Professor, Department of Philosophy Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics, Cognitive Science (Ph.D. Rockefeller University, 1975) Director, Logic, Information, and Computation Program, School of Arts and SciencesSecondary Appointments: Department of Mathematics, Department of Computer and Information Science

(215) 898-8563

Room 462, Logan HallRead Bio

Retired Faculty

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George Cardona

Professor Emeritus, Linguistics and South Asia Studies Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indian grammatical theory

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Robin Clark

Professor Emeritus, Linguistics Applications of Game Theory to natural language; Evolution and Dynamics; General Stuff, (Ph.D., UCLA, 1985)


Room 319-C, Third Floor, 3401-C Walnut St.Read Bio


William Labov

John H. & Margaret B. Fassitt Professor of Linguistics (Retired) Sociolinguistics, language change, speech perception and production, research on reading (Ph.D., Columbia, 1964)

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Mitch Marcus

Professor Emeritus, RCA Professor of Artificial Intelligence Natural language processing, corpus-based and statistical models for NLP (Ph.D., MIT, 1976)

(215) 898-2538

503 Levine HallRead Bio


Gillian E. Sankoff

Professor of Linguistics (retired) Sociolinguistics, pidgins and creoles, language change and development (Ph.D., McGill, 1968)

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Harold Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of Dravidian Linguistics and Culture, South Asia Studies Sociolinguistics, language policy, grammaticalization, Dravidian Linguistics (Ph.D., Chicago)

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