Department of Linguistics 

Linguistics is the scientific study of language—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. 

Summer 2022 Term information including week 2 and 3 enrollment instructions/procedures.

Recent News

  • May 19, 2022
    Creating a more equitable world with the Certificate in TESL Linguistics
    Meghan Rockwell’s interest in how language intersects with identity, social justice, and social equality is part of what sparked her passion for linguistics. Having now completed the Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Linguistics, Meghan is hoping to use what she learned to promote educational equity in her position as a LINC Instructor.
  • May 06, 2022
    Language and Social Justice
    The Language, Law & Justice Workshop features talks from a range of speakers, including exonerees, linguists, and legal experts.
  • April 05, 2022
    Linguistics Research Spotlight: Dr. John Alderete
    In one area of investigation, Dr. Alderete is addressing the lack of linguistic diversity in speech error research by investigating large datasets of speech errors from two typologically distinct languages, English and Cantonese. “Cantonese is both an understudied language and has great importance in the Lower Mainland.”

Please visit for the latest SFU announcements and policies as we return safely to campus together. 

Masks are encouraged when visiting our Department offices and recommended throughout campus.

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LING 111: The Wonder of Words. Learn more. Summer 2022 course starts May 10 with Dr. Iouri Pankrats

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Undergraduate Advising

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Please be sure to include a copy of your Advising Transcript (in term and subject order)

Spring Semester Advising Appointments will be conducted by phone or in person by appointment.  Please email the advisor to arrange an appointment.