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

  • January 12, 2022
    Writing an Effective Abstract with Dr. Richard Compton
    Dr. Richard Compton, Program Chair for the Canadian Linguistics Association (CLA) and Associate Professor of Linguistics, UQAM, will give an interactive workshop on writing abstracts as part of the LING 891 seminar series. Thursday, January 20 at 12:30 by Zoom. Co-sponsored by CLA and Department of Linguistics
  • January 07, 2022
    PhD Thesis Defence - Kelli Finney
    Kelli Finney will be defending her PhD thesis: 'Negotiating Meaning in X̱aad Kíl (Northern Haida)' Thursday, January 20th, 1 pm via Zoom. Please use the websurvey link to receive the log in credentials.
  • January 05, 2022
    Spring 2022 Spaces available in Introductory Linguistics courses
    Some spaces are still available in Spring 2022 Introductory LING courses! LING 111-3 The Wonder of Words (B-Soc), LING 160-3 Language, Culture, and Society (B-Soc), LING 280-3 Linguistics in the Real World (Spring 2022 topic: Indigenous Languages in Canada). All students from across campus are welcome. View course outlines at
Important COVID-19 Information from the Department of Linguistics:

Jan 4, 2022

Spring 2022 Temporary Shift to Remote Learning - December 23 Message from SFU President

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

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.

Other helpful SFU links: Communicable Disease Plan | Information Regarding HVAC | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences |

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Undergraduate Advising

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

Note: Spring 2022 classes begin January 10 remotely until January 23