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Minor Concentration Linguistics (18 credits)

Offered by: Linguistics     Degree: Bachelor of Arts and Science

Program Requirements

The Minor Concentration in Linguistics focuses on basic Linguistics, the scientific study of human language, including phonetics and syntax, theoretical linguistics (phonology, syntax and semantics); experimental linguistics (phonetics, laboratory phonology, language acquisition and psycholinguistics); computational linguistics; linguistic fieldwork and language revitalization; and language variation and change (sociolinguistics, dialectology and historical linguistics). The program is expandable to the Major Concentration in Linguistics.

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • LING 201 Introduction to Linguistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)


    Linguistics : General introduction to linguistics, the scientific study of human language. Covers the core theoretical subfields of linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Also provides background on other subfields including sociolinguistics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, linguistic variation, and language acquisition.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Munteanu, Andrei (Fall)

    • Fall and Winter

  • LING 330 Phonetics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)


    Linguistics : Transcription, identification, and production of speech sounds. Introduction to the acoustic properties of speech sounds, acoustic analysis of speech, and auditory phonetics.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Munteanu, Andrei (Fall) Munteanu, Andrei (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: LlNG 201

  • LING 371 Syntax 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)


    Linguistics : Introduction to the study of generative syntax of natural languages, emphasizing basic concepts and formalism: phrase structure rules, transformations, and conditions on rules.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Shimoyama, Junko (Fall) Martinovic, Martina (Winter)

*Required courses must be completed at McGill unless Departmental permission is obtained.

Complementary Courses (9 credits)

9 credits in Linguistics chosen according to the student's interests. At least 3 of these credits must be at the 400 or 500 level. Only 3 credits at the 200 level may count towards complementary credits. Students who take LING 360 as one of their complementary courses may also count one of the following courses that are its prerequisites toward the complementary course requirement:

  • COMP 230 Logic and Computability (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)


    Computer Science (Sci) : Propositional Logic, predicate calculus, proof systems, computability Turing machines, Church-Turing thesis, unsolvable problems, completeness, incompleteness, Tarski semantics, uses and misuses of Gödel's theorem.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisite: CEGEP level mathematics.

  • MATH 318 Mathematical Logic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)


    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Propositional logic: truth-tables, formal proof systems, completeness and compactness theorems, Boolean algebras; first-order logic: formal proofs, Gödel's completeness theorem; axiomatic theories; set theory; Cantor's theorem, axiom of choice and Zorn's lemma, Peano arithmetic; Gödel's incompleteness theorem.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Fortier, Jérôme (Fall)

  • PHIL 210 Introduction to Deductive Logic 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)


    Philosophy : An introduction to propositional and predicate logic; formalization of arguments, truth tables, systems of deduction, elementary metaresults, and related topics.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Hallett, Michael Frank (Fall)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who are taking or have taken MATH 318

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