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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Job Opportunities

Assistant Professor of Linguistics 

https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/5735

Spell-Out Blog

Week of November 17, 2014

Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Reading Group 3: "Universals in comparative morphology : suppletion, superlatives, and the structure of words"
Wednesday, November 19 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor conference room)

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Andrés Enrique-Arias (University of the Balearic Islands)
On the Origin of si as an Interrogative Particle in Old Spanish
Friday, November 21 | 4:30pm | Boylston 104

Language Universals Workshop 

Andrew Nevins (University College London)
The Rise and Fall of the L-Shaped Morphome: Diachronic and Experimental Studies
Monday, November 24 | 5:30pm | Boylston 303

Harvard at SNEWS

Two students gave talks at the 2014 Southern New England Workshop in Semantics (SNEWS 2014) which was held at UMass Amherst on Saturday, November 15.

  • Zuzanna Fuchs: Towards a Focus Analysis of Almost Wackernagel Clitics in Wakhi
  • Alex Klapheke: An Alternative Semantics for English Aspectual Particles

Welcome, Class of 2017!

The Department is delighted to welcome the following Class of '17 members as the new concentrators in Linguistics:

  • Isabella Chiu
  • Gabriela Diaz-Quinones
  • Ian Maynor
  • Alice Newkirk
  • Betty Richardson
  • John (Jake) Seaton
  • Andrew Sheeler

HGSL Photo Contest Results

HGSL announced the two winners of the departmental Photo Contest:

  • Edwin Tsai, the author of the picture 'Paradise' (graduate student)
  • Carl Rogers, the author of the picture 'Itchy' (undergraduate student)

The winning pictures will be printed and displayed in the departmental lounge. Congratulations, Edwin and Carl!

Assistant Professor Position Announcement

For more information, please visit the academic positions website.

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