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 August 31, 2015

Welcome to the Fall 2015 semester!

Classes begin this Wednesday, September 2. Classes on this day will follow a Monday schedule. Please remember that Thursday, September 10 is Study Card Day. For more information, please check the 2015 Academic Calendar.

Welcome G1s!

The Linguistics Department is delighted to welcome this year's incoming students to the PhD program:

Lukas Kahl holds an MA (Cantab) in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, a BA in Romance Studies and Classics from the University of Bonn, and an MA in Indo-European Studies from the University of Jena. His MA thesis is about origin and function of the Brythonic equative. He is most interested in the historical linguistics of Indo-European (especially the Anatolian and Celtic branches), the areal linguistics of the ancient Near East, as well as issues in language classification, reconstruction, and typology. He also enjoys music, poetry, and physical exercise.

Kate Hodges graduated with a BS in neuroscience from King University and spent an additional year studying linguistics at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. Her academic interests include formal semantics, the semantics-pragmatics interface, and psycholinguistics. In her spare time Kate enjoys exploring Boston, reading, cooking, and spending time with her dog, Baylie.
Gunnar Lund graduated from Boston College with a BA in Linguistics and Philosophy. There, he completed a thesis investigating the context sensitivity of gradable predicates. His main interests are semantics, pragmatics, and the philosophy of language, with further interests in computational linguistics and logic. In his spare time, he enjoys drawing, making experimental music, and watching baseball and weird movies.
Tsai-Heng (Tiffany) Yang graduated with a MA in Linguistics and a BA in Chinese Literature from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. Her MA thesis investigates the distributive readings of Mandarin Chinese. She is interested in syntax, semantics, and syntax-semantics interface. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, discovering new places, and watching NBA games of her favorite team, the San Antonio Spurs.

This Year's Visitors

The Department would like to give a warm welcome to the four visitors who will be joining the department this academic year:

  • Professor Wei Liu (Beijing Jiaotong University)
  • Professor Liying Zhou (Jiangnan University)
  • Jovana Gajic (University of Gottingen)
  • Fanjun Meng (Tsinghua University)

Thesis Defense

Sun-Hee Bae
The Syntax-Phonology Interface in Native and Near-Native Korean
Wednesday, September 2 | 7pm | Boylston 303

Lunch will be served September 3 at 12:30pm in the Boylston Hall 3rd Floor Lounge.

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