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 Linguisticsat theUniversity of Pennsylvaniais 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 agraduate Ph.D. programandundergraduate major and minors. For the specializations of our faculty, please see theresearchsection.


First Day of Classes: Spring, 2020

Jan 15, 2020 (All Day)

Monday Classes will meet on Wednesday, January 15th.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observed

Jan 20, 2020 (All Day)

No Classes will meet on MLK Jr. Day

ASL Lecture Series: Dr. joseph Hill

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

More information will be posted when it comes available.