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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.

The department is home to a welcoming community of both graduate and undergraduate students. If you’d like to join us, you can learn more about graduate admissions here and about our major and minor here.


Dr. Marlyse Baptista: “The Founder Principle: In search of long-lasting linguistic imprints in Creole emergence.”
Sep 29, 2023 at - | SAIL Room - 111 Levin Building, and via Zoom

The Founder Principle: In search of long-lasting linguistic imprints in Creole emergence

Fall ASL Lecture Series event: Dr. Octavian Robinson, Gallaudet Univ.
Oct 18, 2023 at - | University of Pennsylvania, Meyerson Hall, B-1, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, 19104.

The ASL Program in the Department of Linguistics at Penn and the Wolf

Speaker Series: Cynthia Clopper, Ohio State University
Oct 20, 2023 at - | Annenberg 110

More Information will be posted when it becomes available.