Welcome to the interdisciplinary graduate training program in Language and Communication Sciences (LCS) at the University of Pennsylvania.

The LCS program brings together students and faculty from diverse backgrounds and expertise who share an interest in understanding the computational and neural underpinnings of linguistic and nonlinguistic communication, in humans, other animals, and machines.

Any existing Penn graduate student who is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Linguistics, Psychology, Computer and Information Science, or Neuroscience, is welcome to participate in this program and its activities.

Topics of interest include:

  • How is a language learned?
  • How are languages created and how do they change over time?
  • What are the properties of animal communication systems?
  • And how/why did language evolve in humans?
  • What are the computations that underlie communicative systems, such that they allow for efficient learning and use?
  • How is this computational system instantiated in the brain?

These are some of the core questions that drive the scientific study of language and communication research at Penn.