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.

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Karen Pennesi speaks with Ontario Morning

Associate Professor of Anthropology at Western University Karen Pennesi explains what's happening when we pronounce people's names incorrectly, and why it's important to get it right. Click here to listen.

Congratulations to our award winners!

Joseph Chenard - University of Western Ontario Gold Medal for Honours Specialization in Linguistics

Yanfei Lu - Bentley Scholarship and Gold Medal in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities 

AFLA 26: Proceedings now available

The Proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA) are now available. 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