Department of Linguistics 

Linguistics is the scientific sudy 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. 

Important COVID-19 Information from the Department of Linguistics:

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

On Monday, March 16, SFU discontinued all in-person teaching, including in-person exams, for the rest of the semester. The Department of Linguistics students are asked to check your SFU email accounts on a regular basis and CANVAS course pages for information from your instructors about how your individual classes are proceeding.  

All offices in the Department of Linguistics have been closed until further notice in order to maintain social distancing. All of the Department of Linguistics staff are still available to support operations remotely and can be reached by email (during their regular office hours). Please visit our Staff contact page here, for staff availability and contact information.

For up to date information (including the status of on-campus services) visit the SFU COVID-19 FAQ page:

Recent News

  • April 02, 2020
    March Monthly Roundup
    Updates from the Department of Linguistics for the month of March
  • April 02, 2020
    PhD Dissertation Defence - Noureddine Elouazizi
    "The Formal Syntax for Licensing Parenthetical Verb Clauses" -- Tuesday, April 14, 10:00 am via teleconference; no public attendance.
  • April 01, 2020
    MA Thesis Defence - Luca Cavasso
    "English as a voicing and aspirating language: evidence from nonnative speech perception" -- Wednesday, April 8, 10:00 am via teleconference; no public attendance.
  • March 27, 2020
    MA Thesis Defence - Xizi Deng
    "Processing Tone and Vowel Information in Mandarin: An Eye-tracking Study of Contextual Effects on Speech Processing" -- Monday, April 6, 10:00 am via teleconference; no public attendance
  • March 02, 2020
    February 2020 Monthly Roundup
    Updates from the Department of Linguistics for the month of February
  • February 24, 2020
    Big SFU presence at undergraduate research conference
    The fourth annual Language Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference (LSURC) held earlier this month at UBC saw a huge turnout from our students, and for many of them, it was their first academic conference.

Undergraduate Advising

For general inquiries, please contact the Linguistics Department at

For Advising, email the Student Advisor at for program information, course planning, program declarations, graduation checks.  Please be sure to include a copy of your Advising Transcript (in term and subject order)


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