The Department of Linguistics offers degree programs leading to either an MSc or a PhD in Linguistics. In addition to classes in the traditional core subjects of theoretical and descriptive linguistics, we also provide training in areas such as quantitative analysis and experimental design. A key component of our graduate programs is the direct involvement of students with on-going research projects in areas of faculty expertise such as:
- experimental phonetics/phonology
- child language acquisition
- field linguistics (especially of the indigenous languages of the Americas)
- corpus linguistics
Students in our program have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and laboratories, including a number of smaller, highly productive research labs as well as the Language Acquisition Laboratory, Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics (CCP), the Language Documentation Research Cluster (LDRC), and the Alberta Phonetics Laboratory. Our ultimate goal is to teach students to combine experimentation and hands-on data collection with theoretical inquiry, and to provide practical training in the collection, analysis, and publication of data based on cutting-edge, original research.
The Associate Chair-Graduate Studies is the official representative of the department to its graduate students and is responsible for ensuring that all students receive adequate supervision, and that all regulations and requirements of the Faculty governing the student’s program are being met. The Associate Chair-Graduate Studies is available to assist you if academic, supervisory, personal, or employment difficulties or conflicts arise. The Associate Chair-Graduate Studies is:
Dr. David Beck
Office: Assiniboia Hall ASH 4-63
Office hours: by appointment
Specific information about being a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics can be found on this website. More information on graduate studies at the University of Alberta is available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) website.