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 February 8, 2016

Meaning and Modality Lab Meeting

Meaning and Modality (M&M) First Lab Meeting
Wednesday, February 10 | 4pm | 2 Arrow St Rm 420

The new "Meaning and Modality" Linguistics Laboratory is opening this semester. This first meeting is for anyone who is interested in getting involved in research in the lab, or simply participating in regular discussions about semantics, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, sign language, gesture, and acquisition research. The lab meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 4pm. The meetings will be every other week, alternating with LingedIn (5pm in Boylston 303). For more information about getting involved, please contact Assistant Professor Kathryn Davidson.

Linguistics Circle Workshop 

Magdalena Kaufmann (UConn)
Free choice and other reasons for disjunctions
Friday, February 12 | 4:30pm | Boylston 103

Harvard Linguistics Circle: Spring 2016

  • February 12: Magdalena Kaufmann (UConn)

  • February 25: Dominique Sportiche (UCLA)

  • April 8: Anna Szabolcsi (NYU)

Harvard at BLS42

The following presentations featured Harvard presenters at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society that took place in Berkeley, California, February 5-7.

  • Gašper Beguš: Voice system of Austronesian and its origins
  • Isabelle Charnavel & Dominique Sportiche (UCLA): Icelandic reflexive sig: Clause-bounded, or logophoric

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