Department of Linguistics

Linguistics Is the Scientific Study of Language.

Language is an important part of what makes us human -- it allows us to express the complexities of evolution and beauty and astrophysics with ease. How is it acquired in infancy, or learned as a second language, or how can it be processed by computers? To answer these and other important questions, linguists study the formal properties of language, how it evolves, and how it is used in social situations. 

Simon Fraser University has one of the largest and most diverse linguistics programs in Canada. We offer a wide range of courses about language at the undergraduate level, as well as graduate work leading to MA and PhD degrees. Research in linguistics at SFU is characterized by interdisciplinarity, breadth in research methodology, and diversity in theoretical perspective.

Where can you begin?

The general interest courses listed below give insight into language and linguistics, and have no prerequisites.

LING 100-3 Communication and Language
LING 110-3 The Wonder of Words
LING 160-3 Language, Culture, and Society
LING 200-3 Introduction to the Description of English Grammar
LING 220-3 Introduction to Linguistics
LING 290-3 The Science of Speech
LING 295-3 Language and the Law


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