Bringing Artificial Intelligence to Language and Culture Preservation

Canadian Indigenous languages are critically endangered. Language revitalization programs, such as the Indigenous Languages Act, need to evolve with technology to halt or reverse the decline of endangered languages. In this talk, Dr. Sajad Saeedi, an Assistant Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University, will discuss novel techniques for developing and utilizing affordable and efficient technologies to aid the revitalization of Indigenous languages. Read full event details.


Dr. Welch Helping Preserve Indigenous Language in Labrador with 2 Collaborative Projects

Innu-aimun, an Indigenous language of Labrador and Quebec, is in the early stages of attrition. To assess and address the issue, Memorial’s Department of Linguistics is collaborating with Mamu Tshishkutamashutau Innu Education (MTIE) on two projects working towards the preservation of thsi INdiegenosu language. Dr. Nicholas Welch, Memorial’s Canada Research Chair in change, adaptation and revitalization of Indigenous languages, and Kanani Davis, chief executive officer of MTIE, are co-leading the projects. Read more in the Gazette.


Per Course instructor Position: Spring 2023

We are hiring a per course instructor to teach Introduction to Linguistics. See: Per Course Instructor Position (LING 1100)



Congrats to All Students Named to the 2021-2022 Dean's List!

Congratulations to all students named to the 2021-2022 Dean's List, as well as the Program Book Prize winners, and receipients of the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence, and the HSS International Student Excellence Award. 


Finding an elective has never been easier

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) has hundreds of courses that have zero or one prerequisite. To make it easy for our students to find electives of interest, we have launched a searchable listing of electives that you can browse by semester and subject. 


Fall Welcome Session for New Students

On Sept. 6, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is hosting a welcome event to help new students get started on the right track. At this interactive event, you'll hear from the Dean and Associate Dean of Curriculum and Programs, learn more about areas of study in HSS, and meet other HSS students! Register now:


HSS Commons Student Space Cozier Than Ever

When we think of university campuses, we picture lecture halls and labs. But what about a space for that time between classes? It is equally essential to have a comfortable space to study or kick back and relax between lectures. The newly refurbished Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Commons, in SN-1107, offers HSS students such a space. Check out this Gazette article on why interim Dean, Dr. Craig, wanted to rejuvenate this space for students. 


Watch Dean Craig in Conversation with Alumna Jennifer Dodge

Jennifer Dodge (BA'97) is the president of Spin Master Entertainment, a leading global children's entertainment company. On March 3rd 2022, Dr. Ailsa Craig, acting dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as several students in our faculty, spoke with Jennifer about her career trajectory since graduating from Memorial, and how her with joint degree in linguistics and psychology has shaped her life, personally and professionally. Read more




Course Offerings Fall 2021 / Winter 2022







Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie - President's Award for Public Engagement Partnerships 2019

Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie, Professor Emerita in Linguistics, has been awarded the President's Award for Public Engagement Partnerships 2019.  The Innu Language Project has been selected to receive a President's Award for Public Engagement Partnerships.  This award celebrates excellence in collaborative activities between the public and members of Memorial's community.  Congratulations to Marguerite and her team!




A new online version of the Proto-Algonquian Dictionary

Dr. John Hewson's 1993 book Proto-Algonquian Dictionary has been re-issued in online form at: This new version has had typos and minor database errors corrected. Dr. Hewson is Professor emeritus in the Linguistics department.



2017 Memorial University Pensioners' Association Tribute Award For Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie

Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie, professor emerita in Linguistics, has been awarded the 2017 Memorial University Pensioners' Association Tribute Award. Dr. MacKenzie's ongoing work with aboriginal communities of this province and beyond was recognised as exceptional ongoing scholarly activity, which makes an important contribution to the university and to wider communities which it serves.



Governor General's Innovation Award

Dr. Marie-Odile Junker of Carleton University has been awarded a Governor General’s
Innovation Award for her work on the Algonquian Linguistic Atlas.
This work began in collaboration with Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie of our
department, in a joint project to put an East Cree phrase book into CD
format.  The Atlas and other materials grew out of that and is featured in this article



Place names in Labrador

Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie's research into place names in Labrador features in this article in the MUN Gazette.



Aboriginal Peoples Week

Two faculty members in Linguistics will be giving public presentations on aboriginal languages of the province.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Introductory Session on Innu-aimun

Presenter:  Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Landing, Room UC-3018, University Centre

Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie, professor emerita with the Department of Linguistics, will facilitate an introductory session on the Innu language, Innu-aimun.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Introductory Session on the Inuttitut Language

Presenter:  Dr. Douglas Wharram

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

MUNSU Council Chambers, Room UC-2001, University Centre

Dr. Douglas Wharram, Assistant Professor with the Department of Linguistics, will facilitate an introductory session on the Inuttitut language.