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

Join us for Fall Preview Day

Sunday, November 17, 2019

This is a great opportunity to check out campus, experience your first university lecture and get a sneak peek inside our student residences.

Register online today!


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.


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.

News and Events

Featured: Alexandra Caputo
Honors Specialization in Linguistics

caputo"My interest in linguistics, unlike many others in the program, actually started here at Western when I took two introductory courses in my first year. Taking these courses led me to switching programs to be able to pursue an Honors Specialization in Linguistics." Read more.

Awards and Scholarships Recipients - Fall 2019

Congratulations to the undergraduate students in Linguistics who received scholarships awarded by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities!
Joseph Chenard, Jessica Chiu, Damaris Holmes, Shatha Jisrawi, Yanfei Lu. Read more.


 Call for Papers:

The 2020 WISSLR Committee invites you to participate in the 12th Annual Western Interdisciplinary Student Symposium on Language Research (WISSLR).

Click here to send your abstract
Deadline: December 15th, 2019.



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  • 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