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Faculty List

  • R.I. Binnick, B.A. (CUNY), M.A., Ph.D. (Chicago), Professor Emeritus
  • R. Helms-Park, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor
  • D.M. James, B.A. (UBC), M.A.(Cornell), Ph.D. (Michigan), Professor Emeritus
  • Y. Kang, B.A. (Seoul National), Ph.D. (MIT), Associate Professor
  • K. McCrindle, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • P. Monahan, B.A., M.A. (Florida), Ph.D. (Maryland), Assistant Professor
  • J. Ndayiragije, M.A. (Montreal-UQAM), Ph.D. (Montreal-UQAM), Associate Professor
  • R. Smyth, B.A. (Carleton), M.Sc. (Alberta), Ph.D. (Alberta), Associate Professor
  • E. Takahashi, B.A. (International Christian University), Ph.D., (Maryland), Lecturer
  • H.X. Wu, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Director: Karen McCrindle (cfldirector@utsc.utoronto.ca)
Associate Director: Juvenal Ndayirajige (juvenal@utsc.utoronto.ca)

For curriculum inquires, contact the CFL Undergraduate Assistant: cfl-ua@utsc.utoronto.ca

Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. It encompasses theories of linguistic structure in all domains: speech sounds (phonetics and phonology), words (morphology), sentences (syntax), meaning (semantics), and texts or conversations (discourse). Other sub-fields of linguistics include psycholinguistics (language acquisition, language processing, learning how to read, and associated disorders, as well as the neural architecture underlying all of these): sociolinguistics (language variation according to region, gender, class, etc., as well as the social functions of language); historical linguistics (how languages change across time, and why); and applied linguistics (e.g. second language learning, translation, clinical linguistics).

The Major Program in Linguistics is designed to help students prepare for entry into professional programs in areas with a significant language component, such as speech/language pathology, education, and language teaching. Students with a particular interest in psycholinguistics can enrol in the Specialist Program in Psycholinguistics which provides excellent preparation for entry into postgraduate programs in speech/language pathology, psycholinguistics and education. The Specialist Program in Linguistics is designed for students who are interested in a more intensive study of linguistics or entry into a graduate program in linguistics.

Guidelines for 1st year course selection
Students intending to complete the Specialist Program in Psycholinguistics should include the following in their first year course selection: LINA01H3, LINA02H3, PSYA01H3, PSYA02H3. Students intending to complete the Specialist or Major Program in Linguistics should include LINA01H3 and LINA02H3 and should consider including a language course. Students intending to complete the Minor Program in Linguistics should include LINA01H3 and LINA02H3.

Note: For Co-op opportunities related to the Specialist Program in Psycholinguistics, the Specialist Program in Linguistics and the Major Program in Linguistics, please see Humanities and Social Sciences Co-operative Program section in this Calendar.

Linguistics Programs

SPECIALIST PROGRAM IN LINGUISTICS (ARTS)

For curriculum inquiries, contact the CFL Undergraduate Assistant: cfl-ua@utsc.utoronto.ca

Program Requirements

Students must complete 12.0 credits, including 4.0 credits at the C- and D-level of which 1.0 credit must be at the D-level as follows:

  1. All of the following:
    LINA01H3 Introduction to Linguistics
    LINA02H3 Applications of Linguistics
    LINB04H3 Phonology I
    LINB06H3 Syntax I
    LINB09H3 Phonetics: The Study of Speech Sounds
    LINB10H3 Morphology
    LINC02H3 Phonology II
    LINC11H3 Syntax II
    LINC12H3 Semantics: The Study of Meaning
  2. 4.5 credits from the following, including at least 1.5 credits from Group A and at least 1.5 credits from Group B:
    Group A
    LINB13H3 Language Diversity and Language Universals
    LINB18H3 English Grammar
    LINB20H3 Sociolinguistics
    LINB60H3 Structure of Chinese
    LINB62H3 Structure of American Sign Language
    LINC28H3 Language and Gender
    LINC47H3 Pidgin and Creole Languages
    LINC61H3 Structure of a Language
    LIND09H3  Phonetic Analysis
    LIND29H3 Linguistic Research Methodologies
    Group B
    LINB29H3 Quantitative Methods in Linguistics
    PLIC24H3 First Language Acquisition
    PLIC25H3 Second Language Acquisition
    PLIC55H3 Psycholinguistics
    PLID34H3 The Psycholinguistics of Reading
    PLID44H3 Acquisition of the Mental Lexicon
    PLID50H3 Speech Perception
    PLID55H3 Disorders of Speech and Language
  3. 1.0 credit of language study in one or more languages, which may include LINB60H3 or LINB62H3 or LINC61H3; FRE or LGG courses or language courses at another campus.
  4. A further 2.0 credits in any LIN, PLI, JAL or JLP courses.
SPECIALIST PROGRAM IN PSYCHOLINGUISTICS (ARTS)

For curriculum inquiries, contact the CFL Undergraduate Assistant: cfl-ua@utsc.utoronto.ca

Program Requirements
Students must complete 12.5 credits, including 4.0 credits at the C- and D-levels of which 1.0 credit must be at the D-level as follows: 

  1. LINA01H3 Introduction to Linguistics 
  2. LINA02H3 Applications of Linguistics
    PSYA01H3 Introductory Psychology: Part I
    PSYA02H3 Introductory Psychology: Part II
    LINB04H3 Phonology I
    LINB06H3 Syntax I
    LINB09H3 Phonetics: The Study of Speech Sounds
    LINB29H3 Quantitative Methods in Linguistics
    PLIC24H3 First Language Acquisition
    PLIC55H3 Psycholinguistics
  3. 1.5 credits from the following courses:
    LINB10H3 Morphology
    LINB20H3 Sociolinguistics
    LINC02H3 Phonology II
    LINC11H3 Syntax II
    LINC12H3 Semantics: The Study of Meaning
  4. 2.5 credits from the following courses:
    LINB62H3 Structure of American Sign Language
    LIND09H3 Phonetic Analysis
    PLIC25H3 Second Language Acquisition
    PLIC75H3 Language and the Brain
    PLID34H3 Psycholinguistics of Reading
    PLID44H3 Acquisition of the Mental Lexicon
    PLID50H3 Speech Perception
    PLID55H3 Disorders of Speech and Language
  5. 1.5 credits from the following courses:
    PLIC54H3 Speech Physiology and Speech Disorders in Children and Adults
    PLID56H3 Special Topics in Language Disorders in Children
    PSYB20H3 Introduction to Developmental Psychology
    [PSYB51H3 Perception and Cognition or PSYB57H3 Memory and Cognition]
    PSYB65H3 Human Brain and Behaviour
    PSYC21H3 Advanced Developmental Psychology
  6. 2.0 further credits in LIN and/or PLI
MAJOR PROGRAM IN LINGUISTICS (ARTS)

For curriculum inquiries, contact the CFL Undergraduate Assistant: cfl-ua@utsc.utoronto.ca

Program Requirements

Students must complete 8.0 credits, as follows:

  1. LINA01H3 Introduction to Linguistics
    LINA02H3 Applications of Linguistics
    LINB04H3 Phonology I
    LINB06H3 Syntax I
    LINB09H3 Phonetics: The Study of Speech Sounds
  2. One of the following:
    LINB10H3 Morphology
    LINB20H3 Sociolinguistics
    LINC12H3 Semantics: The Study of Meaning
  3. 4.0 further credits in LIN and/or PLI, of which at least two credits must be at the C- or D-level.
  4. 1.0 credit of language study in one or more languages, which may include FRE or LGG courses; language courses at another campus; LINB60H3 or LINB62H3 or LINC61H3.
MINOR PROGRAM IN LINGUISTICS (ARTS)

For curriculum inquiries, contact the CFL Undergraduate Assistant: cfl-ua@utsc.utoronto.ca

Program Requirements

Students must complete 4.0 credits, as follows:

All of the following courses:

  1. LINA01H3 Introduction to Linguistics
    LINA02H3 Applications of Linguistics
  2. Any two of the following:
    LINB04H3 Phonology I
    LINB06H3 Syntax I
    LINB09H3 Phonetics: The Study of Speech Sounds
    LINB10H3 Morphology
  3. 2.0 further credits in LIN and/or PLI of which at least 1.0 credit must be at the C- or D-level.

Linguistics Courses


LINA01H3    Introduction to Linguistics

An introduction to the various methods and theories of analyzing speech sounds, words, sentences and meanings, both in particular languages and language in general.

Exclusion: LIN100Y
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language

LINA02H3    Applications of Linguistics

Application of the concepts and methods acquired in LINA01H3 to the study of, and research into, language history and language change; the acquisition of languages; language disorders; the psychology of language; language and in the brain; and the sociology of language.

Prerequisite: LINA01H3
Exclusion: LIN100Y
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language

LINB04H3    Phonology I

Practice in analysis of sound patterns in a broad variety of languages.

Prerequisite: LINB09H3
Exclusion: LIN229H
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language

LINB06H3    Syntax I

Practice in analysis of sentence structure in a broad variety of languages.

Prerequisite: LINA01H3
Exclusion: LIN232H
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language

LINB09H3    Phonetics: The Study of Speech Sounds

An examination of physiological and acoustic bases of speech.

Prerequisite: LINA01H3
Exclusion: LIN228H
Breadth Requirement: Natural Sciences

LINB10H3    Morphology

Core issues in morphological theory, including properties of the lexicon and combinatorial principles, governing word formation as they apply to French and English words.

Prerequisite: LINA01H3
Corequisite: LINB04H3 and LINB06H3
Exclusion: LIN231H, (LINB05H3), (LINC05H3) FRE387H, (FREC45H3)
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language

LINB13H3    Language Diversity and Language Universals

An introduction to linguistic typology with special emphasis on cross-linguistic variation and uniformity in morphology and syntax.

Prerequisite: LINB04H3
Exclusion: LIN306H
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language

LINB18H3    English Grammar

Description and analysis of the structure of English, including the sentence and word structure systems, with emphasis on those distinctive and characteristic features most of interest to teachers and students of the language.

Exclusion: LIN204H
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language

LINB20H3    Sociolinguistics

The study of the relationship between language and society. Topics include: how language reflects and constructs aspects of social identity such as age, gender, socioeconomic class and ethnicity; ways in which social context affects speakers' use of language; and social factors which cause the spread or death of languages.

Prerequisite: LINA02H3
Exclusion: (LINB21H3), (LINB22H3), LIN256H, FREC48H3
Breadth Requirement: Social & Behavioural Sciences

LINB29H3    Quantitative Methods in Linguistics

An introduction to experimental design and statistical analysis for linguists. Topics include both univariate and multivariate approaches to data analysis for acoustic phonetics, speech perception, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, language disorders, and sociolinguistics.

Prerequisite: LINA02H3
Exclusion: LIN305H, (PLIC65H3)
Breadth Requirement: Quantitative Reasoning

LINB60H3    Structure of Chinese

An introduction to the phonetics, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse and various writing styles in the Chinese language. Students will use the tools of linguistic analysis learned in prior courses to examine the structural  and related key properties of Chinese.

Prerequisite: LINB06H3
Exclusion: (LINC60H3)
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language
NOTE: Students are expected to be proficient in Chinese and English.

LINB62H3    Structure of American Sign Language

An introduction to the structure of American Sign Language (ASL): Comparison to spoken languages and other signed languages, together with practice in using ASL for basic communication.

Prerequisite: LINA01H3 and LINA02H3
Exclusion: (LINA10H3)
Enrolment Limits: 35
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language

LINC02H3    Phonology II

Basic issues in phonological theory. This course assumes familiarity with phonetic principles, as discussed in LINB09H3, and with phonological problem-solving methods, as discussed in LINB04H3.

Prerequisite: LINB04H3 & LINB09H3
Exclusion: LIN322H
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language

LINC11H3    Syntax II

Core issues in syntactic theory, with emphasis on universal principles and syntactic variation between French and English.
Same as FREC46H3

Prerequisite: LINB06H3 or FREB45H3
Exclusion: LIN232H, LIN331H, FRE378H, FREC46H3
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language

LINC12H3    Semantics: The Study of Meaning

An introduction to the role of meaning in the structure, function, and use of language. Approaches to the notion of meaning as applied to English and French data will be examined.
Same as FREC12H3.

Prerequisite: LINA01H3 or [FREB44H3 and FREB45H3]
Exclusion: FREC12H3, FRE386H, LIN241H, LIN341H, (FREC49H3), (FRED49H3)
Breadth Requirement: History, Philosophy & Cultural Studies

LINC28H3    Language and Gender

An introduction to the research on differences between women and men in how they use language and how they behave in conversational interaction, together with an examination of the role of language in reflecting and perpetuating cultural attitudes towards gender. 
Same as WSTC28H3

Prerequisite: LINA01H3 and one full credit at the B-level in ANT, LIN, SOC or WST
Exclusion: JAL355H, WSTC28H3
Breadth Requirement: Social & Behavioural Sciences

LINC47H3    Pidgin and Creole Languages

A study of pidgin and Creole languages worldwide. The course will introduce students to the often complex grammars of these languages and examine French, English, Spanish, and Dutch-based Creoles, as well as regional varieties. It will include some socio-historical discussion.
Same as FREC47H3.

Prerequisite: [LINA01H3 and LINA02H3] or [FREB44H3 and FREB45H3]
Exclusion: FREC47H3
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language

LINC61H3    Structure of a Language

An introduction to the phonetics, phonology, word-formation rules, syntax, and script of a featured language other than English or French. Students will use the tools of linguistic analysis learned in prior courses to examine the structural properties of this language. No prior knowledge of the language is necessary.

Prerequisite: LINB04H3 and LINB06H3
Exclusion: LIN409H
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language

LIND01H3    Independent Study in Linguistics

Independent study and research in an area of interest to the student. Students must obtain consent from a supervising instructor before registering. Interested students should contact the Program Supervisor for Linguistics.

Prerequisite: At least one full credit at the C-level in LIN and permission of the instructor.

LIND02H3    Independent Study in Linguistics

Independent study and research in an area of interest to the student. Students must obtain consent from a supervising instructor before registering. Interested students should contact the Program Supervisor for Linguistics.

Prerequisite: At least one full credit at the C-level in LIN and permission of the instructor.

LIND03H3    Independent Study in Linguistics

Independent study and research in an area of interest to the student. Students must obtain consent from a supervising instructor before registering. Interested students should contact the Program Supervisor for Linguistics.

Prerequisite: At least one full credit at the C-level in LIN and permission of the instructor.

LIND07Y3    Independent Study in Linguistics

A reading and research independent study course on a topic of interest to the student. Students must obtain consent from a supervising instructor before registering. Interested students should contact the Associate Director for further information.

Prerequisite: At least 1.0 credit at the C-level in LIN courses and permission of the Linguistics Associate Director
Exclusion: LIN495Y

LIND09H3    Phonetic Analysis

Practical application of phonetic theory with special emphasis on instrumental and experimental techniques.

Prerequisite: LINB09H3
Exclusion: LIN423H, (LINC09H3)
Breadth Requirement: Natural Sciences

LIND29H3    Linguistic Research Methodologies

This course focuses on research methodologies (interviews, corpus collection, surveys, ethnography, etc.). Students conduct individual research studies in real-life contexts.

Prerequisite: LINB04H3 and LINB06H3 and LINB10H3
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language
NOTE: Topics will vary each time the course is offered. Please check with the CFL Undergraduate Assistant or on the Web Timetable on the Registrars Office website for details regarding proposed subject matter.

LIND46H3    Field Methods in Linguistics

Practice in language analysis based on elicited data from second language learners and foreign speakers. Emphasis is put on procedures and techniques of data collection, as well as theoretical implications arising from data analysis.

Prerequisite: [FREB44H3 and FREC46H3] or [LINC02H3 and LINC11H3]
Exclusion: (FRED46H3), JAL401H
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language

PLIC24H3    First Language Acquisition

Descriptions of children's pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar at various stages of learning their first language. Theories of the linguistic knowledge and cognitive processes that underlie and develop along with language learning.

Prerequisite: LINB04H3 or LINB06H3 or LINB09H3
Exclusion: JLP315H
Breadth Requirement: Natural Sciences

PLIC25H3    Second Language Acquisition

The stages adults and children go through when learning a second language. The course examines linguistic, cognitive, neurological, social, and personality variables that influence second language acquisition.

Prerequisite: LINA01H3 and [[LINB06H3 or LINB09H3] or [FREB44H3 & FREB45H3]]
Exclusion: (LINB25H3), (PLIB25H3)
Breadth Requirement: Natural Sciences

PLIC54H3    Speech Physiology and Speech Disorders in Children and Adults

An introduction to the physics of sound and the physiology of speech perception and production for the purpose of assessing and treating speech disorders in children and adults. Topics will include acoustic, perceptual, kinematic, and aerodynamic methods of assessing speech disorders as well as current computer applications that facilitate assessment.

Prerequisite: LINB09H3
Breadth Requirement: Natural Sciences

PLIC55H3    Psycholinguistics

Experimental evidence for theories of how humans produce and understand language, and of how language is represented in the mind. Topics include speech perception, word retrieval, use of grammar in comprehension and production, discourse comprehension, and the role of memory systems in language processing.

Prerequisite: LINB06H3 or LINB09H3
Exclusion: JLP374H
Breadth Requirement: Natural Sciences

PLIC75H3    Language and the Brain

An introduction to neurolinguistics, emphasizing aphasias and healthy individuals. We will introduce recent results understanding how the brain supports language comprehension and production. Students will be equipped with necessary tools to critically evaluate the primary literature. No prior knowledge of brain imaging is necessary.

Prerequisite: PLIC55H3
Breadth Requirement: Social & Behavioural Sciences

PLID01H3    Independent Study in Psycholinguistics

Independent study and research in an area of interest to the student. Students must obtain consent from a supervising instructor before registering. Interested students should contact the Program Supervisor for psycholinguistics.

Prerequisite: At least one full credit at the C-level in PLI and permission of the instructor.

PLID02H3    Independent Study in Psycholinguistics

Independent study and research in an area of interest to the student. Students must obtain consent from a supervising instructor before registering. Interested students should contact the Program Supervisor for psycholinguistics.

Prerequisite: At least one full credit at the C-level in PLI and permission of the instructor.

PLID03H3    Independent Study in Psycholinguistics

Independent study and research in an area of interest to the student. Students must obtain consent from a supervising instructor before registering. Interested students should contact the Program Supervisor for psycholinguistics.

Prerequisite: At least one full credit at the C-level in PLI and permission of the instructor.

PLID07Y3    Independent Study in Psycholinguistics

A reading and research independent study course on a topic of interest to the student. Students must obtain consent from a supervising instructor before registering. Interested students should contact the Associate Director for further information.

Prerequisite: At least 1.0 credit at the C-level in PLI courses and permission of the Linguistics Associate Director
Exclusion: LIN495Y

PLID34H3    The Psycholinguistics of Reading

An examination of linguistic and psycholinguistic issues pertinent to reading, as well as the role of a language's writing system and orthography in the learning process.

Prerequisite: [LINA01H3 or [FREB44H3 & FREB45H3]] & [PLIC24H3 or (PLIB25H3)]
Exclusion: (LINC34H3), (PLIC34H3)
Breadth Requirement: Natural Sciences

PLID44H3    Acquisition of the Mental Lexicon

An examination of L1 (first language) and L2 (second language) lexical (vocabulary) acquisition. Topics include: the interaction between linguistic and cognitive development; the role of linguistic/non-linguistic input; the developing L2 lexicon and its links with the L1 lexicon; the interface between lexical and syntactic acquisition within psycholinguistic and linguistic frameworks.

Prerequisite: PLIC24H3
Breadth Requirement: Natural Sciences

PLID50H3    Speech Perception

An examination of the acoustics and perception of human speech. We will explore how humans cope with the variation found in the auditory signal, how infants acquire their native language sound categories, the mechanisms underlying speech perception and how the brain encodes and represents speech sounds. An emphasis will be placed on hands-on experience with experimental data analysis.

Prerequisite: PLIC55H3
Exclusion: (PLIC15H3)
Breadth Requirement: Social & Behavioural Sciences

PLID55H3    Disorders of Speech and Language

Pathologies of language acquisition, comprehension and production. Topics include anatomy and physiology, voice disorders, articulation disorders, cleft palate, aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, language delay, language learning disabilities, developmental delay, and hearing and auditory processing disorders.

Prerequisite: LINB09H3 and [PLIC24H3 or PLIC55H3]
Exclusion: JLS474H
Breadth Requirement: Social & Behavioural Sciences

PLID56H3    Special Topics in Language Disorders in Children

An in-depth investigation of a particular type of language or communication disorder, for example, impairment due to hearing loss, Down syndrome, or autism. Topics will include: linguistic and non-linguistic differences between children with the disorder and typically-developing children; diagnostic tools and treatments for the disorder; and its genetics and neurobiology.

Prerequisite: PLIC24H3 or PLID55H3
Exclusion: JLS472H
Breadth Requirement: Natural Sciences

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