Linguistics

Linguistics: Introduction

Faculty Affiliation

Arts and Science

Degree Programs

Linguistics

MA and PhD

  • Fields:
    • Language Variation;
    • Psycholinguistics;
    • Theoretical Linguistics

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

Overview

The discipline of linguistics focuses on the nature of human language and how its many systems can be accounted for. The Department of Linguistics focuses on three major areas — theoretical linguistics, language variation and change, and psycholinguistics — with an emphasis on the intersections between these areas.

The core areas of research and teaching in the MA and PhD are:

  • Theoretical Linguistics (generative grammar: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics)

  • Language Variation (sociolinguistics, dialectology, language variation, language change)

  • Psycholinguistics (comprehension and production, language acquisition, both in relation to linguistic theory)

Contact and Address

Web: www.linguistics.utoronto.ca
Email: linguistics@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-4029
Fax: (416) 971-2688

Department of Linguistics
University of Toronto
Sidney Smith Hall
4th Floor, 100 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G3
Canada

Linguistics: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Beekhuizen, Barend - BA, MA, PhD
Bejar, Susana - BA, MA, PhD
Chambers, Craig - BA, MA, MA, PhD
Cuervo, M. Cristina - PhD
Hachimi, Atiqa - BA, MA, PhD
Heller, Daphna - PhD
Ippolito, Michela - BA, MPH, PhD
Jurgec, Peter - BA, PhD, ScD
Kahnemuyipour, Arsalan - PhD (Graduate Coordinator)
Kang, Yoonjung - BA, PhD
Kochetov, Alexei - BA, MA, PhD
Monahan, Philip Joseph - BPhil, MPH, PhD
Nagy, Naomi - BA, PhD
Oliveira de Lima, Suzi - PhD
Perez-Leroux, Ana Teresa - MA, PhD
Rice, Keren - BA, MA, PhD
Roberge, Yves - BA, MA, PhD
Schertz, Jessamyn Leigh - BA, MS, PhD
Tagliamonte, Sali - AB, MA, DPhil (Chair and Graduate Chair)
Thomas, Guillaume - PhD

Members Emeriti

Chambers, J. K. - DipEd, BA, MA, PhD
Cowper, Elizabeth - BA, AM, PhD
Dresher, B. Elan - BA, PhD
Johns, Alana - BA, MA, PhD
Massam, Diane - BA, MA, PhD
Smyth, Ronald - BA, MSc, PhD

Associate Members

Bhatt, Parth - BA, MA, PhD
Brousseau, Anne-Marie - PhD
Chasin, Marshall - BSc, MSc
Colantoni, Laura - MA, PhD
DeCaire, Ryan - MA
Dunbar, Ewan - BS, MA, PhD
Grigoroglou, Myrto - PhD, PhD
Hall, Daniel Currie - BA, MA, PhD
Helms-Park, Rena - BA, MA, AM, DPhil
Johnson, Elizabeth - BA, MA, PhD
Kush, Dave W. - BA, PhD
Mateo Pedro, Pedro - PhD
Moulton, Keir - PhD
Nikiema, Emmanuel - PhD
Pirvulescu, Mihaela - MA, PhD
Sanders, Nathan - PhD
Sidnell, Jack - BA, MA, PhD
Steele, Jeffrey - BA, MA, PhD
Troberg, Michelle - BA, BE, MA, PhD
Wastasecoot, Brenda - MEd

Linguistics: Linguistics MA

Master of Arts

Program Description

The MA program in Linguistics offers comprehensive training in three areas of strength: theoretical linguistics, language variation and change, and psycholinguistics. Students complete rigorous coursework with research training in their preferred area of study. By the time of graduation, students are equipped with professional-level skills in interpretation of data, analysis, and argumentation.

The department offers one- and two-year MA options. The majority of students are admitted to the one-year MA option.

 

MA Program (One-Year Advanced-Standing Option — Standard Admission)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Linguistics' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants with a bachelor's degree, with a minimum B+ average, may be admitted to the one-year program. Admission requires a strong background in linguistics with at least courses in introductory phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must normally complete a total of 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 1.5 FCEs: JAL1145H, LIN1121H, and LIN1131H or their equivalents, if not already taken.

    • 1.5 FCEs from other Linguistics course offerings determined by the Graduate Coordinator.

    • 1.0 FCE: LIN2100Y Linguistic Forum including regular class meetings in which students discuss and present their research topics and a final paper, completed under the supervision of a faculty member working in the same research area.

  • All students must demonstrate an ability to read professionally in one language other than English. The choice of language must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator, having regard to the student's field of research. In some circumstances, demonstrated competence in computer programming may satisfy the requirement.

Program Length

3 sessions (typical registration sequence: F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years

 

MA Program (Two-Year)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Linguistics' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants with a bachelor's degree, with a minimum B+ average, may be admitted to the two-year MA program. Admission is offered to rare instances to exceptional applicants whose background in linguistics is limited.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must normally complete a total of 8.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • Year 1: 4.0 FCEs in phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax if not completed during the student’s undergraduate degree;

    • Year 2: 4.0 FCEs as follows:

      • 2.0 FCEs: JAL1145H, LIN1103H, LIN1121H, LIN1131H, or their equivalents, if not already taken.

      • 1.0 FCE from other Linguistics course offerings as determined by the Graduate Coordinator.

      • 1.0 FCE: LIN2100Y Linguistic Forum including regular class meetings in which students discuss and present their research topics and a final paper, completed under the supervision of a faculty member working in the same research area.

  • All students must demonstrate an ability to read professionally in one language other than English. The choice of language must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator, having regard to the student's field of research. In some circumstances, demonstrated competence in computer programming may satisfy the requirement.

Program Length

6 sessions (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Linguistics: Linguistics PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The PhD program in Linguistics offers comprehensive and rigorous training in an environment that encourages collaboration across the fields of Theoretical Linguistics, Language Variation and Change, and Psycholinguistics. Students achieve an advanced understanding of language and are equipped with professional-level skills in analysis, argumentation, interpretation, and quantitative reasoning. While many graduates choose academic positions, many others choose to pursue careers in fields such as education, publishing, and data science.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes: 1) following completion of an MA degree; 2) direct entry following completion of a bachelor’s degree.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Linguistics' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • University of Toronto MA in Linguistics, or its equivalent, with at least an A– average.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. By the end of Year 2, students must successfully complete a total of 5.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) with a minimum median grade of A–:

    • 3.0 FCEs or their equivalents must be completed if they have not been taken previously: JAL1145H, LIN1103H, LIN1104H, LIN1121H, LIN1131H, LIN1145H.

      • If these have been previously taken, a balance of electives must be taken to fulfil the 3.0 FCE requirement, chosen in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

    • 0.5 FCE from JLP2451H, JLP2452H, LIN1070H, LIN1106H, LIN1107H, LIN1112H, LIN1156H, LIN1211H, LIN1255H, LIN1256H, LIN1271H, LIN1272H, LIN1276H.

    • 0.5 elective FCE, which may be taken outside the Department of Linguistics, upon consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

    • Of the above courses, 1.0 FCE must be taken at the 1200 level, with 0.5 FCE in Phonology, Syntax, or Semantics.

    • 0.5 FCE: LIN2101H Junior Forum (Credit/No Credit), taken in Year 1.

    • 1.0 FCE: LIN2201H Generals Paper I and LIN2202H Generals Paper II — completion in two areas of study (at least one of which must be in an area of linguistic theory). Topics must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

  • Residency. During Years 1 and 2, students are normally required to be on campus full-time; i.e., in such geographical proximity as to be able to visit the campus regularly and to participate fully in the department's activities associated with the program.

  • Language. Students must demonstrate an ability to read professionally in one language other than English. The choice of language must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator, having regard to the student's field of research. In some circumstances, demonstrated competence in computer programming may satisfy the requirement.

  • Thesis. Candidates are required to present a thesis, which must be an original contribution to linguistic knowledge. Both the preparation for and the writing of the thesis will be carried out under the supervision of members of the department.

Program Length

4 years full-time

Time Limit

6 years full-time

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Linguistics' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants with a bachelor's degree, with a minimum A– average, may be admitted to the direct-entry PhD option. Admission requires a strong background in linguistics with courses in introductory phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and a demonstration of capacity for original research.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. By the end of Year 3, students must successfully complete a total of 7.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) with a minimum median grade of A–:

    • 3.0 FCEs or their equivalents must be completed if they have not been taken previously: JAL1145H, LIN1103H, LIN1104H, LIN1121H, LIN1131H, LIN1145H.

      • If these have been previously taken, a balance of electives must be taken to fulfil the 3.0 FCE requirement, chosen in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

    • 0.5 FCE from JLP2451H, JLP2452H, LIN1070H, LIN1106H, LIN1107H, LIN1112H, LIN1156H, LIN1211H, LIN1255H, LIN1256H, LIN1271H, LIN1272H, LIN1276H.

    • 2.5 elective FCEs; of these, 0.5 FCE may be taken outside the Department of Linguistics, upon consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

    • Of the above courses, 1.0 FCE must be taken at the 1200 level, with 0.5 FCE in Phonology, Syntax, or Semantics.

    • 0.5 FCE: LIN2101H Junior Forum (Credit/No Credit), taken in Year 1.

    • 1.0 FCE: LIN2201H Generals Paper I and LIN2202H Generals Paper II — completion in two areas of study (at least one of which must be in an area of linguistic theory). Topics must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

  • Residency. During Years 1, 2, and 3, students are normally required to be on campus full-time; i.e., in such geographical proximity as to be able to visit the campus regularly and to participate fully in the department's activities associated with the program.

  • Language. Students must demonstrate an ability to read professionally in one language other than English. The choice of language must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator, having regard to the student's field of research. In some circumstances, demonstrated competence in computer programming may satisfy the requirement.

  • Thesis. Candidates are required to present a thesis, which must be an original contribution to linguistic knowledge. Both the preparation for and the writing of the thesis will be carried out under the supervision of members of the department.

Program Length

5 years full-time

Time Limit

7 years full-time

Linguistics: Linguistics MA, PhD Courses

Course descriptions and other information are available each spring from the Coordinator of Graduate Studies. Not all courses are offered in a given year. Students should consult the departmental website.

JAL1145H
Field Methods
JAL1155H
Language and Gender
JLP2451H
Language Acquisition
JLP2452H
Language Acquisition and Linguistic Theory
LIN1001H
Introduction to Linguistics: Sound Structure
LIN1002H
Introduction to Linguistics: Sentence Structure and Meaning
LIN1028H
Phonetics
LIN1029H
Sound Patterns in Language
LIN1031H
Morphological Patterns in Language
LIN1032H
Syntactic Patterns
LIN1041H
Introduction to Semantics
LIN1070H Language Processing
LIN1103H Introduction to Analysis and Argumentation
LIN1104H Quantitative Methods in Linguistics (Credit/No Credit)
LIN1105H
Advanced Quantitative Methods in Linguistics
(prerequisite: LIN1104H)
LIN1106H Introduction to Experimental Design
LIN1107H Computational Methods in Linguistics
(exclusions: CSC2501H/485 Computational Linguistics and CSC2511H/401 Natural Language Computing)
LIN1111H Acoustic Phonetics
LIN1112H Phonetic Analysis
LIN1121H
Phonological Theory
LIN1131H
Introduction to Syntactic Theory
LIN1133H
Morphology: Morphosyntactic Issues
LIN1145H
Semantics
LIN1146H
Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics
(prerequisite: LIN1145H)
LIN1151H
Urban Dialectology
LIN1156H
Language Variation and Change: Theory and Analysis
LIN1162H
Comparative-Historical Linguistics I
LIN1211H
Advanced Phonetics
(prerequisite: LIN228H, LIN323H, or permission of the instructor)
LIN1221H
Advanced Phonology I
LIN1222H
Advanced Phonology II
LIN1223H
Advanced Phonology III
LIN1224H
Advanced Phonology IV
LIN1231H
Advanced Syntax I
LIN1232H
Advanced Syntax II
LIN1233H
Advanced Syntax III
LIN1234H
Advanced Syntax IV
LIN1245H
Advanced Semantics I
LIN1246H
Advanced Semantics II
LIN1247H
Advanced Semantics III
LIN1248H
Advanced Semantics IV
LIN1255H Advanced Language Variation and Change I
LIN1256H Advanced Language Variation and Change II
LIN1271H Advanced Psycholinguistics I
LIN1272H Advanced Psycholinguistics II
LIN1276H Topics in Speech Perception
LIN1503H
Reading Seminar
LIN1505H
Research Seminar
LIN2100Y Linguistic Forum
LIN2101H
Junior Forum (Credit/No Credit)
LIN2201H
Generals Paper I
LIN2202H
Generals Paper II