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 14, 2014

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop:

Gašper Beguš (Harvard University)
Vedic Metrics and the Restoration of the Lost *v
Monday, April 14 | 5:15pm | Boylston 303

Language Universals/Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Bronwyn Bjorkman (University of Toronto)
Ergative as Perfective Oblique
Wednesday, April 16 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor conference room)

Linguistics Circle Workshop 

Alec Marantz (New York University)
Competition and Prediction in Word Processing: MEG Studies of Visual and Auditory Word Recognition
Friday, April 18 | 4:30pm | Boylston 103

Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium

The 11th Annual Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium at Harvard, hosted by the Harvard College Linguistics Group and the Harvard Linguistics Department, will take place this Saturday, April 19. The event will feature a keynote speech by Professor Wesley Jacobsen, as well as presentations of original research by over 20 undergraduates from universities across the country. More information including the schedule can be found in the program.

Harvard at CLS 50

Jenny Lee presented her work "Root allomorphy in Ranmo (Papuan)" at the 50th annual meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society, which took place at the University of Chicago, April 10-12.

Congratulations, Dr. Liu!

Congratulations to Chi-Ming (Louis) Liu who has successfully defended his dissertation, "A Modular Theory of Radical Pro Drop."


Left to right: Maria Polinsky, Louis Liu, C.-T. James Huang.

Congratulations, Louis!
[Photos by Edwin Tsai]

IX Whatmough Lecture

Barbara Partee (UMass-Amherst)

"The History of Formal Semantics: Changing Notions of Semantic Competence"
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

  • 11th Annual Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium at Harvard
    4/19/2014 (All day) to 4/20/2014 (All day)
  • 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