Department of Linguistics 

Linguistics is the scientific study of languageā€”an important part of what makes us humans. As linguists, we study the formal properties of language, how it evolves, and how it is used in social situations. 

Recent News

  • October 04, 2023
    Lifelong Indigenous language advocate dedicates degree to Tlingit heritage
    For Elder Kèyishí Bessie Cooley, obtaining her master's degree in Indigenous Languages and Linguistics from Simon Fraser University is more than just another milestone for her, it is also a tribute to her family and a testament to her life story around the language which she has fought hard to preserve.
  • September 06, 2023
    Call for Papers: 5th Cascadia Workshop in Linguistics
    Call for papers are now open for the 5th Cascadia Workshop in Linguistics, hosted by Simon Fraser University! Deadline for abstract submissions is January 15, 2024.
  • September 01, 2023
    Meet our new cohort of graduate students!
    This upcoming Fall 2023 semester, we are excited to welcome nine new students to our graduate program! Get to know them and learn more about their interests in the field of linguistics.

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Undergraduate Advising

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