Linguistics (LING)

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Linguistics (LING)

Location

Location

  • 1085 Dr. Penfield Avenue
  • Montreal, Quebec H3A 1A7

About Linguistics

About Linguistics

Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. Topics include: the structure of the world’s languages at the level of sounds (phonetics and phonology), words (morphology), sentences (syntax), and meaning (semantics); how people learn languages (acquisition); how people use two languages (bilingualism); how language is processed and represented in the brain (psycho- and neurolinguistics); how languages change over time (historical linguistics); and how languages vary in relation to region and social identity (dialectology and sociolinguistics). In addition to preparing students for advanced academic work in linguistics and related disciplines (e.g., anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, computer science, philosophy, or psychology), courses in linguistics provide a useful background for many careers, for example, language teaching, translation, child psychology, speech-language pathology, communication, and speech technology.

The Linguistics Department offers a Minor Concentration, a Major Concentration, an Honours program, and a Joint Honours program with other departments in the Faculty of Arts.

New Students

New Students

Students who are registering with the Department for the first time must attend the Department orientation meeting before seeing an adviser (www.mcgill.ca/linguistics/undergraduate).

Requirements

Requirements

Linguistics students must do at least two-thirds of their Linguistics courses at McGill. Honours students must also do their Honours thesis at McGill.

Inquiries may be addressed to the departmental office or the advisers for undergraduate studies.

Linguistics (LING) Faculty

Linguistics (LING) Faculty

Chair
TBA
Emeritus Professors
C. Douglas Ellis; B.A.(Camb.), B.A.(McG.), M.A.(Tor.), M.A.(Yale), Ph.D.(McG.)
Myrna Gopnik; M.A., Ph.D.(Penn.)
Michel Paradis; B.A.(Montr.), M.A., Ph.D.(McG.), Ph.D.(Montr.), F.R.S.C.
Glyne L. Piggott; B.A.(W.I.), M.A., Ph.D.(Tor.)
Professors
Yosef Grodzinsky; B.Sc.(Hebrew), Ph.D.(Brandeis) (Canada Research Chair)
Lydia White; M.A.(Camb.), Ph.D.(McG.) (James McGill Professor)
Associate Professors
Charles Boberg; B.A.(Alta.), Ph.D.(Penn.)
Brendan Gillon; B.A., M.A.(Mich.), M.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(MIT)
Heather Goad; B.A.(Br. Col.), M.A., Ph.D.(USC)
Bernhard Schwarz; M.A.(Tübingen), Ph.D.(Mass.)
Lisa de M. Travis; B.A.(Yale), Ph.D.(MIT)
Assistant Professors
Junko Shimoyama; B.A., M.A.(Ochanomizu), Ph.D.(Mass.)
Michael Wagner; M.A.(Humboldt), Ph.D.(MIT)
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Linguistics (18 credits)

This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration Linguistics.

Required Courses (9 credits)

LING 201 (3) Introduction to Linguistics
LING 330 (3) Phonetics
LING 371 (3) Syntax 1

Complementary Courses (9 credits)

9 credits in Linguistics (LING) selected as follows:

3 credits must be at the 400- or 500-level,

3 credits must be selected from the following list, and

3 credits can be chosen according to the student's interests.

Note: If a 400 or 500-level course is chosen from the following list, the remaining 6 credits can be chosen according to the student's interests.

LING 320 (3) Sociolinguistics 1
LING 350 (3) Linguistic Aspects of Bilingualism
LING 355 (3) Language Acquisition 1
LING 390 (3) Neuroscience of Language
LING 425 (3) Historical Linguistics
LING 451 (3) Acquisition of Phonology
LING 455 (3) Second Language Syntax
LING 520 (3) Sociolinguistics 2
LING 521 (3) Dialectology
LING 555 (3) Language Acquisition 2
LING 590 (3) Language Acquisition and Breakdown

Students who take LING 360 as a complementary course may also take PHIL 210 as a complementary but must choose a 400- or 500-level course from the list above.

LING 360 (3) Introduction to Semantics
PHIL 210 (3) Introduction to Deductive Logic 1
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Linguistics (36 credits)

Required Courses (18 credits)

LING 201 (3) Introduction to Linguistics
LING 330 (3) Phonetics
LING 331 (3) Phonology 1
LING 360 (3) Introduction to Semantics
LING 371 (3) Syntax 1
PHIL 210 (3) Introduction to Deductive Logic 1

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits in Linguistics (LING) selected as follows:

9 credits must be at the 400- or 500-level,

3 credits must be selected from the following list, and

6 credits can be chosen according to the student's interests.

Note: If a 400- or 500-level course is chosen from the following list, it may be used toward the 9 credits of 400- or 500-level courses; the remaining 9 credits can then be chosen according to the student's interests.

LING 320 (3) Sociolinguistics 1
LING 350 (3) Linguistic Aspects of Bilingualism
LING 355 (3) Language Acquisition 1
LING 390 (3) Neuroscience of Language
LING 425 (3) Historical Linguistics
LING 451 (3) Acquisition of Phonology
LING 455 (3) Second Language Syntax
LING 520 (3) Sociolinguistics 2
LING 521 (3) Dialectology
LING 555 (3) Language Acquisition 2
LING 590 (3) Language Acquisition and Breakdown
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Linguistics (60 credits)

Honours students must maintain a GPA of 3.30 (B+ average) in their program courses and a minimum grade of B+ must be obtained in three out of four of the following courses: LING 330, LING 331, LING 360, LING 371, as well as in the Honours Thesis, LING 480D1/D2. According to Faculty of Arts regulations, honours students must also maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00 in general.

The requirement for First Class Honours is a CGPA of 3.50 and a minimum grade of A- in the Honours Thesis. Inquiries may be addressed to the departmental office or to the adviser for undergraduate studies.

Required Courses (24 credits)

LING 201 (3) Introduction to Linguistics
LING 330 (3) Phonetics
LING 331 (3) Phonology 1
LING 360 (3) Introduction to Semantics
LING 371 (3) Syntax 1
LING 480D1 (3) Honours Thesis
LING 480D2 (3) Honours Thesis
PHIL 210 (3) Introduction to Deductive Logic 1

Complementary Courses (36 credits)

36 credits with 24 credits in Linguistics and 12 credits in related fields.

24 linguistics (LING) credits are selected as follows:

15 linguistics credits must be at the 400- or 500-level,

3 of which are selected from the following list, and

9 other credits in Linguistics, usually at the 200- or 300-level.

LING 425 (3) Historical Linguistics
LING 451 (3) Acquisition of Phonology
LING 455 (3) Second Language Syntax
LING 520 (3) Sociolinguistics 2
LING 521 (3) Dialectology
LING 555 (3) Language Acquisition 2
LING 590 (3) Language Acquisition and Breakdown

Other Fields

12 credits in related fields selected from the following list.

Computer Science

COMP 202 (3) Introduction to Computing 1
COMP 203 (3) Introduction to Computing 2

French Language and Literature

FREN 231 (3) Linguistique française
FREN 336 (3) La langue française
FREN 434 (3) Sociolinguistique du français

Language

Any course in language (other than the student's native language) - literature courses are not acceptable.

Mathematics

MATH 240 (3) Discrete Structures 1
MATH 328 (3) Computability and Mathematical Linguistics

Philosophy

PHIL 304 (3) Chomsky
PHIL 306 (3) Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 415 (3) Philosophy of Language
PHIL 515 (3) Seminar: Philosophy of Language

Psychology

PSYC 311 (3) Human Cognition and the Brain
PSYC 316 (3) Psychology of Deafness
PSYC 340 (3) Psychology of Language
PSYC 341 (3) The Psychology of Bilingualism
PSYC 343 (3) Language Learning in Children
PSYC 530 (3) Applied Topics in Deafness
PSYC 532 (3) Cognitive Science
PSYC 561 (3) Methods: Developmental Psycholinguistics

Statistics

Any course in statistics (from any department).

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component Linguistics (36 credits)

Students who wish to study at the Honours level in two disciplines can combine Joint Honours Program components in any two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs."

Joint Honours students should consult an adviser in each department to discuss their course selection and their interdisciplinary research project (if applicable).

Joint Honours students must maintain a GPA of 3.30 (B+ average) in their program courses and a minimum grade of B+ must be obtained in three out of four of the following courses: LING 330, LING 331, LING 360, LING 371, as well as in the Joint Honours Thesis, LING 481D1/D2. According to Faculty of Arts regulations, Joint Honours students must also maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00 in general.

The requirement for First Class Honours is a CGPA of 3.50 and a minimum grade of A- in the Joint Honours Thesis. Inquiries may be addressed to the departmental office or to the adviser for undergraduate studies.

Required Courses (21 credits)

LING 201 (3) Introduction to Linguistics
LING 330 (3) Phonetics
LING 331 (3) Phonology 1
LING 360 (3) Introduction to Semantics
LING 371 (3) Syntax 1
LING 481D1 (1.5) Joint Honours Thesis
LING 481D2 (1.5) Joint Honours Thesis
PHIL 210 (3) Introduction to Deductive Logic 1

Complementary Courses (15 credits)

15 credits in Linguistics (LING) selected as follows:

9 credits must be at the 400- or 500-level, 3 of which must be selected from the following list, and

6 other credits in Linguistics, usually at the 200- or 300-level.

LING 425 (3) Historical Linguistics
LING 451 (3) Acquisition of Phonology
LING 455 (3) Second Language Syntax
LING 520 (3) Sociolinguistics 2
LING 521 (3) Dialectology
LING 555 (3) Language Acquisition 2
LING 590 (3) Language Acquisition and Breakdown
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Linguistics (LING) Related Programs

Linguistics (LING) Related Programs

Minor in Cognitive Science

Minor in Cognitive Science

Students following Major or Honours programs in Linguistics with an interest in cognition may want to consider the Minor in Cognitive Science. For more information, see Faculty of Science > Cognitive Science.

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