Language is one of the basic elements of our humanity, as it is involved in nearly every aspect of our life. Linguistics concerns itself with discovering the universal principles of human language and applying these principles to provide systematic descriptions of individual languages. As a student in the Linguistics program, you'll investigate sound and word patterns, sentence structure, language usage and change, the acquisition of first and second languages, as well as the relationship between language and the mind, and language and society.
Linguistics is a relatively small program and the small class size gives students the opportunity to get to know their peers and to build scholarly relationships with classmates and professors.
You will develop a solid undergraduate liberal arts education by using theoretical analyses of cross-linguistic data to develop analytical skills, critical thinking, argumentation and expository writing. We lay the groundwork for graduate studies and provide the linguistics background necessary for studies in related areas such as speech-language pathology, communication sciences and education.
The Linguistics program also offers courses that support undergraduates in a variety of other programs, such as Cognitive Science, Psychology, English, Law and Society and the TESOL Certificate.
Katy Shum, a student in the Linguistics program, won the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence for Second Year Students. The Dean's Awards for Academic Excellence are awarded to the students with the highest sessional grade point average based on a course load of at least 30 credits in each of all four years in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Congratulations Katy!
Read more about Katy in YorkU Magazine.
Professor Sheila Embleton has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the throne.
Recipients are recognized for their dedicated service to their peers, their community, and our nation. Sheila's citation refers to her significant contributions via Mitacs and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute. The medal will be presented at an awards reception in Ottawa on November 28.
- 2015-2016 Linguistics Calendar is now available. (pdf)
- 2014-2015 Linguistics Calendar is now available. (pdf)
Congratulations to DLLL Professors on their book publications in 2015-16:
- Gabriela Alboiu (with co-author Virginia Hill UNB): Verb Movement and Clause Structure in Old Romanian (Oxford Studies in Diachronic and Historical Linguistics, Oxford UP, 2016)
- Philipp Angermeyer: Speak English or What?: Codeswitching and Interpreter Use in New York City Courts (Oxford Studies in Language and Law, Oxford UP: 2015)
- Susan Ehrlich (with co-editors Diana Eades and Janet Ainsworth): Discursive Constructions of Consent in the Legal Process (Oxford Studies in Language and Law, Oxford UP: 2016)
- James Walker: Canadian English: A Sociolinguistic Perspective (Routledge: 2015)
DLLL Lecture Series in Linguistics 2015
Location: Ross S 562