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Department of Linguistics | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2022

Linguistics

Doctor of Philosophy

The areas of specialization in this program are: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, documentation and linguistic analysis of North American Indigenous Languages, historical and comparative linguistics, first and second language acquisition, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. Students must also demonstrate a substantial background in linguistics and research methodology. Direct doctor of philosophy (PhD) program admission without a master of arts (MA) in linguistics, or equivalent, is normally not possible.

Program Requirements

This program consists of course work, two qualifying papers, and a thesis for a minimum of 39 units.

Students must complete in the first year of enrollment

LING 890 - Graduate Seminar I (1)

An introduction to professional aspects in the field of Linguistics. Course consists of seminars, lectures and workshops. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

LING 891 - Graduate Seminar II (1)

An introduction to professional aspects in the field of Linguistics. Course consists of seminars, lectures and workshops. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Heather Bliss
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7402, Burnaby

and five graduate courses*

and two qualifying papers

LING 894 - Qualifying Paper I (6)

Qualifying Paper for a PhD student. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: All PhD coursework in Linguistics.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Chung-hye Han
TBD
LING 895 - Qualifying Paper II (6)

Qualifying Paper for a PhD student. Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: All PhD coursework in Linguistics.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Suzanne Hilgendorf
TBD
G200 Henny Yeung
TBD
G300 Nancy Hedberg
TBD

and a thesis

LING 899 - PhD Thesis (10)

Students who are working on their PhD thesis enroll in this course. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G200 Murray Munro
TBD
G400 Marianne Ignace
TBD
G500 Yue Wang
TBD
G600 Donna Gerdts
TBD
G800 Nancy Hedberg
TBD
G900 Donna Gerdts
TBD

* must be approved by the supervisor. Only one directed research course allowed.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements in 12 terms (four years).

Other Information

Qualifying Papers

Students are expected to complete two qualifying papers by the sixth term. At least one of the papers will be in an area outside of the student's main area of research, and unrelated to the thesis. The paper is evaluated by a committee of at least two faculty members, one of them being the supervisor.

Thesis Proposal

Candidates submit a written thesis proposal to the supervisory committee which defines the intended original research and the relationship between it and existing scholarship. After submission, the student presents the proposal at a departmental colloquium no later than the end of the ninth residence term. The written proposal must be approved by the supervisory committee prior to the start of substantive research.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.