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Linguistics of Speech Science


This program is for students who are seeking an introduction to theory and research in the study of speech science.

Admission Requirements

Certificate program approval must be obtained from the Department of Linguistics. An overall cumulative CGPA of 3.0 is required for program approval.

Continuation Requirements

After a student has completed 60 units, a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of not less than 2.40 is required for continuance in the certificate program. Students whose CGPA falls below 2.40 cannot enroll in any upper division LING courses. After their CGPA is restored to 2.40, students must meet with the departmental advisor to redeclare into the program.

Program Requirements

Students complete a total of 18 units including all of

LING 200 - Foundations of English Grammar (3)

Provides a practical overview of English grammar based on linguistic principles. Explores fundamentals of English sentence structure, grammatical categories and grammatical analysis through lectures and hands-on work in the classroom. Develops skills that are applicable in language analysis, writing and communication. Open to all students.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
OL01 Trude Heift
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
LING 290 - The Science of Speech (3)

Introduces the scientific study of speech, focusing on the mechanisms of speech production and perception, the ways in which speech is described and analyzed, the relationship between speech and technology, and the practical applications of phonetic science. Open to all students. Breadth-Social Sci/Science.

LING 330 - Phonetics (3)

A survey of methods of speech sound description and transcription. Prerequisite: LING 282W; or LING 221 and any lower division W course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Keith Leung
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 10031, Burnaby
LING 350 - First Language Acquisition (3)

Introduction to the study of language acquisition from the point of view of linguistic structure. Prerequisite: One of LING 301W, 309W or 482W. Students who have taken LING 250 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Dean Mellow
Tu 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 2507, Burnaby
WMC 3250, Burnaby

and two of

LING 315 - Psychology of Language (3)

Explores how language works in human cognition. Investigates how people produce and understand language (whether written, spoken or signed). Uses evidence from the production and comprehension of speech sounds, words, and sentences to introduce psychological and cognitive systems for human language. Prerequisite: LING 220.

LING 321 - Phonology (3)

An overview of theoretical principles in phonology. Prerequisite: LING 282W; or LING 221 and any lower division W course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 John Alderete
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2532, Burnaby
RCB 6125, Burnaby
LING 322 - Syntax (3)

Introduces theories of sentence structure. Prerequisite: LING 282W; or LING 222 and any lower division W course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nancy Hedberg
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6125, Burnaby
LING 401 - Topics in Phonetics (3)

Advanced training in speech sound description and analysis in the impressionistic and instrumental modes. Prerequisite: LING 330.

LING 411 - Topics in Applied Phonetics (3)

Application of principles from phonetics to a number of practical problems in such areas as second language learning and teaching, forensics, communications, commerce and the arts. Prerequisite: LING 321 or 330, and 9 additional units of upper division Linguistics.

LING 415 - Neurolinguistics (3)

Explores language as a system of the human brain, including specific topics such as the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of language; language production, perception and processing; bilingualism, language learning and brain plasticity; and aphasia, dyslexia, deafness and sign languages. Prerequisite: 12 units of upper division linguistic courses.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Yue Wang
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby

Transfer Credit

A maximum of six units may be transferred from outside of Simon Fraser University toward this certificate.