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Linguistics

Linguistics

Location

Location

  • Department of Linguistics
  • 1085 Dr. Penfield Avenue
  • Montreal, QC H3A 1A7
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-4222
  • Fax: 514-398-7088
  • Email: gradprogram [dot] linguistics [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/linguistics

About Linguistics

About Linguistics

The aim of the graduate program in Linguistics at McGill is to train researchers in core areas of theoretical linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics) as well as experimental linguistics. Research in experimental areas deals with theoretical questions in light of evidence from another domain (language acquisition, neurolinguistics, processing, language variation and change is one sub-field of Linguistics). Students have access to a rich research landscape in cognitive science; for example, most members of the Department are associated with the Centre for Research on Language, Mind and Brain (CRLMB). The Department has two labs for conducting experiments, each fitted with a sound-proof booth. Members of the Department also have access to other facilities through the CRLMB. We normally fund all full-time graduate students in good standing; our funding package covers living expenses, tuition, and fees. M.A. students are funded for one year and eight months, and Ph.D. students for five years.

Master of Arts (M.A.); Linguistics (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)
We offer an M.A. (non-thesis) degree in Linguistics. The M.A. involves intensive coursework in year 1, followed by additional coursework and completion of a major research paper in year 2. This program is intended for students who wish to gain coursework and research experience in Linguistics beyond the B.A. level. After completion of the M.A., students may choose to continue on to a Ph.D. or pursue a career in a related field.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Linguistics
We offer a Ph.D. degree in Linguistics. We offer two streams at the Ph.D. level: theoretical and experimental. The Ph.D. degree involves intensive coursework in year 1, additional coursework and completion of two evaluation papers in years 2 and 3, and thesis research and writing in years 4 and 5. This program is principally intended for students who wish to pursue a career in academia.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Linguistics — Language Acquisition
The LAP is a cross-disciplinary option available to Ph.D. students in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Linguistics, Psychology, and Second Language Education who intend to pursue graduate studies in language acquisition. In addition to meeting the degree requirements for Linguistics, students must complete four interdisciplinary LAP seminars, two graduate-level courses in language acquisition (one from outside the student’s home department), a course in statistics, and they must have a faculty member from outside their home department on their thesis committee. Information about this option is available from the Department and on the following website: http://ego.psych.mcgill.ca/lap.html.

Linguistics Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Linguistics Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the M.A. or Ph.D. should have completed a B.A. with a specialization in linguistics. Applications are also invited from students with a background in other disciplines. Strong candidates who do not satisfy all requirements may be required to take additional undergraduate courses or may be admitted to a Qualifying Program which permits them to make up the gaps in their background.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

Applications will be considered upon receipt of:

  1. application form;
  2. transcripts;
  3. letters of reference;
  4. statement of purpose;
  5. writing sample;
  6. test results for international students: TOEFL (Competency in English section in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies General Information, Regulations and Research Guidelines available at www.mcgill.ca/study);
  7. application fee of $100.

Dates for Guaranteed Consideration

For dates for guaranteed consideration, please consult the following website: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/programs. Then select the appropriate program.

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

Linguistics Faculty

Linguistics Faculty

Chair
Bernhard Schwarz
Emeritus Professors
C.D. Ellis; B.A.(Camb. & McG.), M.A.(Tor. & Yale), Ph.D.(McG.)
M. Gopnik; M.A., Ph.D.(Penn.)
M. Paradis; B.A.(Montr.), M.A., Ph.D.(McG.), Ph.D.(Montr.)
G.L. Piggott; B.A.(W.I.), M.A., Ph.D.(Tor.)
Professors
B. Gillon; B.A., M.A.(Mich.), M.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(MIT)
Y. Grodzinsky; B.Sc.(Hebrew), Ph.D.(Brandeis) (Canada Research Chair)
L. de M. Travis; B.A.(Yale), Ph.D.(MIT)
L. White; M.A.(Camb.), Ph.D.(McG.) (James McGill Professor)
Associate Professors
C. Boberg; B.A.(Alta.), Ph.D.(Penn.)
H.M. Goad; B.A.(Br. Col.), M.A., Ph.D.(USC)
B. Schwarz; M.A.(Tubingen), Ph.D.(Mass.)
Assistant Professors
L. Alonso-Ovalle; B.A.(Oviedo), M.A., Ph.D.(Mass.)
M. Clayards; B.Sc.(Vic., BC), M.A., Ph.D.(Roch.)
J. Shimoyama; B.A., M.A.(Ochanomizu Uni.), Ph.D.(Mass.)
M. Wagner; M.A.(Humboldt), Ph.D.(MIT)

Master of Arts (M.A.); Linguistics (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)

For more information, see Master of Arts (M.A.); Linguistics (Non-Thesis) (45 credits).

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Linguistics

Note: Students can select between the Theory Stream or the Experimental Stream.

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Linguistics .

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Linguistics — Language Acquisition

Students must satisfy all program requirements for the Ph.D. in Linguistics. The Ph.D. thesis must be on a topic relating to language acquisition, approved by the LAP committee.

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Linguistics — Language Acquisition.

Faculty of Arts—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)