Welcome to the Harvard Department of Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics is home to one of the oldest and most distinguished linguistics programs in the United States. The Department emphasizes the inseparability of theoretical and empirical work, and the interrelatedness of diachronic and synchronic approaches to the study of language. Much of the strength of Linguistics at Harvard derives from the unique range and depth of the University's offerings in related disciplines, especially ancient and modern languages, and the growing Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative.

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Spell-Out Blog

Week of April 21, 2014

Thesis Defense

Laura Grestenberger
Feature Mismatch: Deponency in Indo-European Languages
Wednesday, April 23 | 3pm-6pm | Boylston 303

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop:

Alan Nussbaum (Cornell University)
Greek νῶκαρ ‘lethargy’ and Other Weighty Matters
Friday, April 25 | 5:15pm | Boylston 303

Harvard at ECO5

Three student presenters represented Harvard at this year's Maryland-MIT-Harvard-UMass-UConn Workshop in Formal Linguistics (ECO5) that took place at the University of Maryland on April 19:

  • Dorothy Ahn: 'Additive either as a disjunctive NPI counterpart of too'
  • Laurence B-Violette: 'Object-subject obviation: evidence from French'
  • Lena Borise: 'The Syntax of Answers to Negative Polarity Questions in English and Russian'

Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium

The 11th Annual Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium at Harvard that took place this past weekend was a great success. Twenty-one undergraduates representing 13 different schools presented the results of their hard work and shared novel ideas or approaches to a broad range of issues in linguistics. The organizers of the event would especially like to thank Helen Lewis for all her help with organizing the event; Edwin Tsai for his constant reminders and advice; Professor Masha Polinsky for speaking at the opening ceremony; Professor Jacobsen for a great keynote talk; and to the linguistics department as a whole for the support, both in terms of funding and encouragement.


Left to right: Kenneth Mai, Carl Rogers, Priyanka Sen (Organizers)

[Photos by Carl Rogers]

MIT Colloquium 

Richard Kayne (NYU)
Friday, April 25| 3:30-5pm | 32-141

IX Whatmough Lecture

Barbara Partee (UMass-Amherst)
Monday, April 28, 2014 | 4:00pm to 6:00pm | Sever Hall 113

This year's Annual Joshua and Verona Whatmough will feature Barbara Partee, Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Linguistics and Philosophy at UMass-Amherst. She is one of the founders of contemporary formal semantics. 

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Upcoming Events

  • Laura Grestenberger, Thesis Defense
    4/23/2014 3:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Indo-European: Alan Nussbaum (Cornell University)
    4/25/2014 5:15pm to 6:45pm
  • IX Whatmough Lecture
    4/28/2014 4:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Lauren Eby Clemens
    4/30/2014 11:00am to 2:00pm
  • Department of Linguistics Spring Reception
    5/6/2014 5:15pm to 7:15pm