Linguistics is the scientific study of language, including language structure, language variation, language change, the development of language and the psychology and biology of language.
Our department prides itself on maintaining strong links between teaching and research, with emphasis on data-driven, theoretically informed inquiry into aboriginal languages, language variation and change, language acquisition and historical linguistics. We invest our students into the community of linguistic scholars through active engagement in primary research, supported by unique and extensive in-house data archives, broad library holdings and state-of-the-art labs and analytical tools. Strong relations with robust local speech communities enhance our research and our teaching.
We are the only department of Linguistics in Atlantic Canada, and the largest department east of Quebec City. Memorial has an excellent library collection, and specialists in all major areas of linguistics. The city of St. John's and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador are also notable for their vibrant cultural life.