For decades, linguistics was taught as an undergraduate subject area in Anthropology at Western, with a combined program in Linguistics and Psychology. In the last fifteen years, several linguists joined the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. This has led to a wealth of experience and interest in linguistics as a cohesive discipline for which there is significant student demand across disciplinary boundaries. The success of the recently created undergraduate program in linguistics at UWO confirms the strength of the discipline at the University of Western Ontario. Through the enthusiastic and effective participation of linguists on campus we have been able to obtain a Canada Research Chair in Linguistics and a state-of-the-art research facility for linguistics (the Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Laboratory).
The objective of the MA program in linguistics is to foster scholarship and research in the discipline, both for students who are planning on continuing with a PhD program in linguistics and for those who will be seeking professional work in a range of fields (such as education, communicative disorders, speech technologies, or elsewhere) for which a background in linguistics is either required or very useful.
Our diverse faculty, made up of researchers from various fields (including Anthropology, Computer Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Education, French Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy and Psychology) will offer students direct training in current research methods from a wide range of theoretical and empirical perspectives, enabling them to undertake independent research of their own in linguistics.