Department of Linguistics 

Linguistics is the scientific study of language—an important part of what makes us humans. As linguists, we study the formal properties of language, how it evolves, and how it is used in social situations. 

Recent News

  • November 25, 2021
    2021 SFU Linguistics Student Poster Session
    The Fall 2021 Poster Session is scheduled remotely on December 2nd at 12:30pm. Graduate and undergraduate students will be presenting. We encourage everyone to attend and support the students in their on-line presentation of their work. Please register via the web survey link.
  • November 23, 2021
    Linguistics Undergraduate Students Expand their Horizons through Research Assistantships
    This fall, SFU Linguistics launched a pilot program aimed at expanding research opportunities for undergraduate students. The program provides department stipends to select students with no prior Research Assistant (RA) experience. We spoke with two of this semester’s recipients—Sahibnoor Kaur Dhami and Samantha Sundby—to learn about their experiences so far.
  • November 22, 2021
    Dr. Murray Munro named to the Royal Society of Canada
    On November 19, 2021, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) welcomed the Class of 2021 new RSC Fellows. Among them was SFU Linguistics faculty member, Dr. Murray Munro. We asked Dr. Munro, “As an applied Linguist, how does your research meet the real world? And how did you get started in your field?”
Important COVID-19 Information from the Department of Linguistics:


Nov 9, 2021 

We return to normal in-person teaching, research and engagement activities in the spring term.

To ensure the safety of our community, we will continue to implement layers of protection under direction of Public Health, pivot as needed in response to changes in the pandemic and keep the community informed of any changes along the way.

Sept 1, 2021

Please visit for the latest SFU announcements and policies as we return safely to campus together. 

Masks are required when visiting our Department offices and throughout campus.

July 30, 2021   

SFU has moved to Stage 3 of the Return to Campus Plan

We look forward to welcoming students, faculty and staff back for the Fall Semester.  All of the Department of Linguistics staff are available to support operations on campus as of August 3 and can be reached by email (during their regular office hours). Please visit our Staff contact page here, for staff availability and contact information.

For up to date information (including the status of on-campus services) visit the SFU COVID-19 FAQ page:

Other helpful SFU links: Communicable Disease Plan | Information Regarding HVAC | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences | Message from our President Aug 12 and Sept 03

For general inquiries, please contact the Linguistics Department at

Undergraduate Advising

Email the Advisor
at for program information, course planning, program declarations, graduation checks, and other academic advising. 

Please be sure to include a copy of your Advising Transcript (in term and subject order)

Fall Semester Advising Appointments will be conducted by phone or in person by appointment.  Please email the advisor to arrange an appointment.

Note the office is closed November 11 for statutory holidays.