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Department of Linguistics


9203 Robert C. Brown Hall, (604) 2914725 Tel, (604) 2915659 Fax, www.ling.sfu.ca

Chair

(to be announced)

Graduate Program Chair

(to be announced)

Faculty and Areas of Research

see "Department of Linguistics". for a complete faculty list.

D.B. Gerdts - syntax

N. Hedberg - syntax, semantics, pragmatics, cognitive science

T. Heift - computer assisted language learning and computational linguistics

P. McFetridge - computational linguistics

Z. McRobbie - experimental phonetics, phonology, Finno-Ugric linguistics, sociolinguistics

J.D. Mellow - second language acquisition and teaching, First Nations languages, instructional experiments, empirical research methods

M. Munro - applied linguistics, experimental phonetics, second language acquisition

T.A. Perry - phonology, German linguistics, linguistic theory

E.W. Roberts - linguistics, theory

R. Saunders - Amerindian linguistics

J.M. Sosa - Hispanic linguistics, dialectology, language methodology, Caribbean area sociolinguistics

Associate Members

M. Boelscher-Ignace, First Nations Studies, Sociology and Anthropology

F. Popowich, Computing Science

W. Turnbull, Psychology

J.W. Walls, Humanities

Degrees Offered

The program offers graduate work leading to the degrees of MA and PhD in linguistics.

Applicants are considered by how their proposed programs of study coincide with the research and teaching interests of the department's faculty. Where a student's interests span more than one field of study, a program of course work and supervised research in more than one field may be arranged. Individual programs may also be set up in cooperation with other departments under the special arrangements provisions of the Graduate General Regulations 1.3.4. (page 298).

Time Required for the Program

Although University regulation allows a five year time limit for completion of the MA degree and eight years for the PhD, (including the work of the MA degree), an MA student is normally expected to complete the degree in two years; a PhD student in three years after the MA. see "Graduate General Regulations". for further information.

MA Program

Admission

Students must demonstrate adequate preparation in linguistics. It is not possible for students having little or no academic preparation in linguistics to gain clear admission to the program or admission as a qualifying student. see "1.3.5 Admission Under Special Arrangements".. see "1.3 Admission". for general admission requirements.

Areas of Specialization

Linguistic theory, phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse-pragmatics, computational linguistics, Amerindian linguistics, historical and comparative linguistics, history of linguistics, sociolinguistics, second language learning.

Credit and Research Requirements
Course Work

Students must complete at least 20 credit hours in Linguistics, including LING 800 and 801.

Thesis

All students must complete an MA thesis based on original research, and must comply with University regulations on completing and defending the thesis.

Language Requirements

Candidates must show a high competence in at least one language other than English.

PhD Program

Admission

Students will have to demonstrate a substantial background in linguistics. It is normally not possible to gain direct admission to the PhD program without an MA in linguistics, or the equivalent.

For general admission requirements, see "1.3 Admission". of the Graduate General Regulations.

Areas of Specialization

Linguistic theory, phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse-pragmatics, computational linguistics, Amerindian linguistics, historical and comparative linguistics, history of linguistics, sociolinguistics, second language learning.

Credit and Research Requirements

These requirements are beyond those of the MA requirements. Students may need to take specified courses from the MA program requirements as a condition of admission to the PhD program.

Course Work

Students complete at least 16 linguistics credit hours, approved by the supervisory committee.

Thesis Proposal

Each candidate develops a research proposal for a thesis based on original research. The proposal defines intended research and the relationship between it and existing scholarship. The proposal will be presented to the supervisory committee for approval and presented as a colloquium.

PhD Thesis

Students must complete the thesis in accordance with regulations.

Language Requirements

Candidates must show a high degree of competence in two languages besides English. They should have some knowledge of the structure of at least one nonIndoEuropean language. The student's supervisory committee determines how the student demonstrates this competence.

Graduate Courses

LING 800-4 Phonology
LING 801-4 Syntax
LING 802-4 Semantics
LING 803-4 Theory
LING 804-4 Field Methods
LING 805-4 Historical and Comparative Linguistics
LING 806-4 Sociolinguistics
LING 807-4 Computational Linguistics
LING 809-4 Morphology
LING 810-4 Topics in Linguistics I
LING 811-4 Topics in Linguistics II
LING 812-4 Topics in Linguistics III
LING 813-4 Topics in Linguistics IV
LING 820-4 Formal Linguistics
LING 821-4 Phonetics
LING 850-4 Psycholinguistic Aspects of Language Learning
LING 851-4 Research Techniques and Experimental Design
LING 855-4 Applied Linguistics
LING 896-4 Directed Research
LING 897-4 Research Seminar
LING 898-0 MA Thesis
LING 899-0 PhD Thesis


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