Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. The focus of research and teaching in the linguistics program at Western is on theoretical and applied linguistics, bringing together an inter-faculty group of researchers for a truly interdisciplinary approach to the discipline. Learn More


The inter-faculty Program in Linguistics allows Western students from any Faculty to study Linguistics either on its own or in combination with another subject.

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Deepen your understanding of the various fields of linguistics.


The M.A. Program can be summed up in terms of Linguistics at Western not as formal, nor social, nor applied, but as all of these: the humanistic and scientific study of language as an abstract system of symbols that is known and used.

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xuFeatured: Kang Xu
2nd year MA candidate in Linguistics:

"My current research focuses on Malagasy topicalized sentences. I do have a strong intuition that in the near future I will start working on documenting sentence structures of indigenous languages. Recently, I somehow become interested in the interface between linguistics and neuroscience. Perhaps I will try this area as well."


afla 26The 26th meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association is organized by the Inter-faculty Program in Linguistics and will take place May 24-26. Learn more.



  • Western Interdisciplinary Student Symposium on Language Research

TALL Laboratory

  • The TALL laboratory provides the electronic and technical infrastructure essential to the pursuit of leading edge linguistics research.


  • Practice of Ethics for Research in Linguistics (PERL), at the University of Western Ontario