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3.6.1.44 University of Pennsylvania

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University of Pennsylvania

Focus / Concentrations:                Theoretical, Sociolinguistics

Department / College:                   Department of Linguistics

The thumb grudge match between the University of Chicago and UC Berkeley just added a third member. The University of Pennsylvania boasts of having the “oldest modern linguistics department in the United States.” Joking aside, the University of Pennsylvania offers a number of avenues of research such as computational linguistics and psycholinguistics. According to a 1995 National Research Council (NRC) ranking of linguistics programs, Pennsylvania has a top five program. If you do any research at all, you will find these rankings everywhere, usually listed under different guises. The problem is that the rankings are 15 years old. Still, the University of Pennsylvania has to be considered a very strong program.

Penn linguistics is best known for its sociolinguistics program, headed by the legendary Bill Labov. However, other Penn faculty exist and cover all major areas in linguistics. The program boasts a high level of interdisciplinary cooperation, particularly with the cs department and Penn’s Institute for Research in Cognitive Science. Penn is also home to the Linguistic Data Consortium, which provides many grad students with part-time jobs. One downside to Penn is that the university is in a not-so-great area of the city (that would be Philly). However, living costs are relatively cheap, and with the five-year funding guarantee from Penn you’ll be all set to live in high style in your huge apartment while your compatriots at NYU squeeze into a miserable studio apartment in Brooklyn. The campus itself is also quite pretty, and features at least one building made out of green stone. So cool.

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January 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm

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