Department of Linguistics


Welcome to Linguistics at MUN!

This Fall (2020), we're embarking on a brave new experiment—teaching and learning remotely. We'll miss seeing you in person! We hope we can help you have an enjoyable and enriching learning experience in Linguistics.

We're offering the following LING courses this Fall. See the Legend below for an explanation of bolded codes like 'rmm'. Check out these pages for information about our major and minor programs.

  • 1100 Intro to Linguistics (2 sections); rmm
  • 1103 Syntax rmm
  • 1104 Phonology rmm
  • 1105 Wonder of Words cemj, mn
  • 2120 Intro to Language Acquisition cemj, mn (formerly 3155)
  • 2210 Language in Newfoundland and Labrador: Introduction to Linguistic Variation cemj, mn 
  • 2300 Philosophy of Language & Mind (crosslisted LING and Philosophy course)
  • 3100 Syntactic Theory rm, cemn
  • 3104 Phonetics cemj, cemn
  • 3210 Introduction to Sociolinguistics cemj, mn
  • 4151 Advanced Topics in Phonological Development aemj, mn
  • 4203 Advanced Phonology (formerly, 4201) aemj, mn
  • 4700 Experimental Phonetics aemj, mn
rmmrequired for both the major and minor
rmrequired for the major
cemjcore elective for the major; you need 4 of these
eelective (cross-listed with Philosophy)
cemncore elective for the major; you need 2 of these
aemjadvanced elective for the major; you need 3 of these
mncourses needed for the minor; you need 3 of these

List of courses offered in Linguistics in 2020-21
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About Linguistics 

Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. Linguists are interested in learning how language works. The knowledge that human beings have of their own language is unconscious; you can't ask someone how many nouns they know, or what part of their vocal cords they use to make a particular sound. Since this knowledge is unconscious, linguists have to observe and then analyze how people speak a particular language.

Language is so basic to what people do and are that it permeates everything in our experience. And yet, languages can differ from each other in a thousand interesting ways. Linguists look at everything from the sounds of language to the way that different social groups (i.e. gangs, lawyers, women, etc.) use language in various different ways.

Linguistics includes the following fields of study (this is not a complete list!):

  • phonetics : looks at how speech sounds are produced. It is a physical science; it includes the study of: human anatomy and physiology, the acoustics of sound waves, and perceptual psychology.
  • semantics : studies what words and phrases mean, and how people make use of meaning. It is related to certain branches of philosophy.
  • historical/comparative linguistics : historical linguistics looks at how languages have changed through time. Comparative linguistics proposes patterns/forms that might have exited in older, extinct languages. Both are clearly related to the study of history.
  • sociolinguistics : studies how language works in situations of social interaction. It is closely related to sociology.
  • psycholinguistics : looks at how children learn language, and how adults use it. It is closely related to psychology.
  • applied linguistics : looks at how people learn a second language. It can be related to Education.
  • morphology : looks at word structure.
  • syntax : looks at sentence structure.


Department of Linguistics

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000