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.


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.


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.

News and Events

Featured: Emily Kang
Honors Specialization in Linguistics

kang"Though I have yet to decide whether I would like to pursue a career in teaching or speech-language pathology, one thing I know for sure is that my undergraduate studies in Linguistics at Western have fostered in me a deep and ever-growing appreciation for the human faculty of language and what it allows us to accomplish in our everyday lives." Read more.

AFLA 24: Proceedings now available

The JSEALS Special Publication containing the proceedings for AFLA 24 (University of Washington, 2017) has now been published online. Click here to access the publication.



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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