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Faculty List

  • B. Armstrong, H.B.Sc., M.A. (Toronto), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Carnegie Mellon), Assistant Professor
  • R.I. Binnick, B.A. (CUNY), M.A., Ph.D. (Chicago), Professor Emeritus
  • R. Helms-Park, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor
  • D.M. James, B.A. (UBC), M.A.(Cornell), Ph.D. (Michigan), Professor Emeritus
  • Y. Kang, B.A. (Seoul National), Ph.D. (MIT), Professor
  • K. McCrindle, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream 
  • S. Moghaddam, M.A. (Tehran), Ph.D. (Toronto), Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
  • P. Monahan, B.A., M.A. (Florida), Ph.D. (Maryland), Assistant Professor
  • J. Ndayiragije, M.A. (Montreal-UQAM), Ph.D. (Montreal-UQAM), Associate Professor
  • R. Smyth, B.A. (Carleton), M.Sc. (Alberta), Ph.D. (Alberta), Professor Emeritus
  • H.X. Wu, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream


Interim Director: Professor Sandra Bamford (until June 30, 2019) Email:
Associate Director:  Juvenal Ndayiragije (until June 30, 2019) Email:
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Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. It encompasses theories of linguistic structure in all domains: speech sounds (phonetics and phonology), words (morphology), sentences (syntax), meaning (semantics), and texts or conversations (discourse). Other sub-fields of linguistics include psycholinguistics (language acquisition, language processing, learning how to read, and associated disorders, as well as the neural architecture underlying all of these): sociolinguistics (language variation according to region, gender, class, etc., as well as the social functions of language); historical linguistics (how languages change across time, and why); and applied linguistics (e.g. second language learning, translation, clinical linguistics).

The Major Program in Linguistics is designed to help students prepare for entry into professional programs in areas with a significant language component, such as speech/language pathology, education, and language teaching. Students with a particular interest in psycholinguistics can enrol in the Specialist Program in Psycholinguistics which provides excellent preparation for entry into postgraduate programs in speech/language pathology, psycholinguistics and education. The Specialist Program in Linguistics is designed for students who are interested in a more intensive study of linguistics or entry into a graduate program in linguistics.

Guidelines for first-year course selection
Students intending to complete the Specialist Program in Psycholinguistics should include the following in their first-year course selection: LINA01H3, LINA02H3, PSYA01H3, PSYA02H3. Students intending to complete the Specialist or Major Program in Linguistics should include LINA01H3 and LINA02H3 and should consider including a language course. Students intending to complete the Minor Program in Linguistics should include LINA01H3 and LINA02H3.

Students considering graduate studies in Speech Language Pathology should consider taking 1.0 credit in physiology during their undergraduate studies or consult the admissions requirements for any graduate program in Speech Language Pathology they may be interested in to build recommended courses into their undergraduate studies. Students should also be aware that completing these requirements will require undertaking all necessary pre-requisites.

Service Learning and Outreach
For an experiential learning opportunity that also serves others, consider the course CTLB03H3 (Introduction to Service Learning), which can be found in the "Teaching and Learning” section of the Calendar.