What is Linguistics?

Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. Linguists are interested in questions such as:  What are the structural properties of languages, at the level of sounds, words, sentences, and meaning? To what extent are the languages of the world similar or different? How is language acquired, by children and in adulthood? How is it processed in the mind/brain? How do people produce and perceive speech? How do languages change over time? Linguistics is a highly interdisciplinary field which combines research methods from the humanities and the social, natural, and mathematical sciences.

Program Overview

Our students are engaged in learning about all aspects of linguistics.  Opportunities for students to engage with primary research are plentiful. Many are directly involved with research projects or other activities such as joint presentations with faculty members at conferences or on the the joint publication of papers. Students are also able to pursue their own research interests and are mentored through the process of disseminating their research.

Honours, Major and Minor programs are offered in:

A Major is offered in:

A post-baccalaureate diploma program allows those who have already completed a first degree in another discipline to acquire core linguistic knowledge required for application to graduate programs in linguistics, speech-language pathology or audiology. The diploma program is also suitable for those intending to apply to second-language teaching programs:

Hear about our programs from current undergraduates:


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