Associate Professor and Head of the Department
P. Branigan, Acting

The degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy are offered in Linguistics.


1. The Linguistics department offers the M.A. program with both a thesis and a non-thesis option. The M.A. with thesis option is intended for those who have completed an undergraduate major in Linguistics with satisfactory standing (a B+ average in Linguistics courses). Students interested in the thesis option who have an excellent undergraduate record and a well-defined research plan, yet who do not possess the equivalent of an undergraduate major, will be required to take additional undergraduate and/or graduate courses in Linguistics. Other students are encouraged to apply for the M.A. without thesis option.

2. The M.A. with thesis option is normally a two-year program consisting of at least 15 credit hours of graduate courses (including Linguistics 7000), plus a thesis.

3. The M.A. without thesis option is normally a two-year program consisting of at least 21 credit hours of graduate courses (including Linguistics 7000), plus a research project (Linguistics 6999), which consists of a major research paper in an approved area followed by an oral examination.

4. The M.A. in Linguistics requires proficiency in a language other than the candidate’s first language, as demonstrated by a minimum B grade in a second-year undergraduate language course, or performance satisfactory to the department in an arranged reading proficiency test. A working or structural knowledge of other languages may also be required for particular programs (e.g., Latin, Greek or Sanskrit for historical Indo-European linguistics, or courses in the series Linguistics 6010 to 6041 for aboriginal studies).

5. All M.A. students are advised to consult the Linguistics department’s Graduate Handbook for details on program requirements and for general information relating to the graduate program.


In accordance with Senate’s Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of students, as far as the resources of the

Department will allow. Full information is to be found in the Department's Graduate Brochure.

6001. Issues in Morphosyntax
6010. Linguistic Introduction to Cree I and II
6030-6031. Linguistic Introduction to Innu-aimun (Montagnais/Naskapi) I & II
6110. Selected Topics in Transformational Grammar
6115. Topics in the Syntax of a Selected Language (Prerequisite: 6001 or 6110)
6151. Selected Topics in Applied Linguistics (Prerequisite: 6150)
6200. Generative Phonology
6201. Selected Topics in Phonology (Prerequisite: 6200)
6211. Sociolinguistics
6212. Selected Topics in Language and Gender
6300-9. Special Subjects
6400. Comparative and Historical Linguistics
6403. Etymology (cross listed as English 6403)
6411. Comparative Bantu (Prerequisites: 6400 plus knowledge of at least one Bantu language)
6430. Selected Topics in Linguistic Variation (Prerequisite: 6211 or 6220)
6500. Field Methods
6700. Experimental Phonetics
6701. Selected Topics in Experimental Phonetics (Prerequisites: 6200, 6700)
6800. Selected Topics in Morphology
6880. Selected Topics in Semantics
6999. M.A. Research Project
7000. Seminar in Research Methods
7900-03. Special Topics in Linguistics

NOTE: Appropriate equivalent credits may be given for courses taken at the Summer Institute of the Linguistic Society of America, or a similar institute. Students are encouraged to attend these institutes: they should, however, consult the Head of the Department as to what courses may be appropriate for credit.

Last modified on June 4, 2003 by R. Bruce

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