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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.
Applicants must satisfy the university admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. Students must also demonstrate adequate linguistics preparation. Those with little or no academic linguistics preparation may not obtain program admission or admission as a qualifying student.
This program offers a thesis option, project option, and course work option for a minimum of 38 units.
Students must complete
An overview of contemporary phonological theory and its relation to phonetics, morphology and psycholinguistics.
Introduction to formal syntactic analysis. Topics include categories, phrase structure, word order, grammatical relations, binding, and long-distance syntactic dependencies.
Introduces the use of experimental methods and laboratory techniques for carrying out research in speech and language sciences. Topics include reading research literature, research design and hypothesis testing, statistical methods and data analysis, and research paper write-up.
Designed to help students develop practical skills that will support their professional development as linguists, including writing research articles and preparing conference presentations, as well as critically evaluating and discussing influential works in the field. It is designed for second year students who are actively working on research projects, theses, and qualifying papers, so that they can share key literature related to their research and present their on-going work to benefit from the feedback of their cohort.
An introduction to professional aspects in the field of Linguistics. Course consists of seminars, lectures and workshops. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
and three graduate courses**
and requirements for one of the options below
Students who are working on their Master of Arts thesis enroll in this course. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
and four additional graduate courses**
and six additional graduate courses**
* LING 890 and LING 891 should be completed in the first year of program enrollment.
** must be approved by the supervisor. Only one directed research course allowed.
SFU students accepted in the accelerated master’s within the Department of Linguistics may apply a maximum of 10 graduate course units, taken while completing the bachelor's degree, towards the upper division electives of the bachelor's program and the requirements of the master's degree. These graduate courses must be passed with a grade of B (3.0) or better in order to be used towards the requirements of the master's degree. Students may apply for the Accelerated MA once they have completed 90 units with a 3.67 or greater CGPA. For more information go to: https://www.sfu.ca/gradstudies/apply/programs/accelerated-masters.html and http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics.html.
Students are expected to complete the program requirements in six terms.
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.