Analyze the structure of various languages and apply this knowledge in a variety of sub-fields.
These sub-fields range from phonetics, the study of the production and perception of sound, through to semantics, the analysis of how words and sentences combine to form meaning.
In between are the areas of phonology, morphology, and syntax, which deal with patterns of sounds, the internal structure of words, and the construction of those words into sentences.
During the course of your studies, you will gain creative thinking skills, research and analytical capabilities, written and verbal communication skills, and cross-disciplinary understandings.
Faculty members in our program make use of a wide variety of research methods, from in-person fieldwork with First Nations elders, to the analysis of large volumes of texts looking for language patterns, to experimental investigation of real-time language processing using eye tracking technology and EEG.
Not only will you gain the experience needed to accurately describe linguistic phenomena, but you will learn how data is collected and analyzed, and see how that data is used to shape cognitive models of how language is processed in the brain.
In close association with the Language Research Centre , our faculty engage in research to study how language is perceived, acquired, and changes over time. In particular, many of our faculty are interested in questions around the acquisition of language by children as well as the acquisition of a second language by adults, and the study of multilingual communities. In addition, our faculty are interested in variations that occur within a community, be they the result of historical change over generations, geographic variation, or the result of more recent contact between groups in an increasingly globalized world.