Courses offered in 2023-2024

FALL 2023

Linguistics 9500/9501 - Graduate research seminar

  Note: 1st year MA students must enroll in Linguistics 9501.
           2nd year MA students must enroll in Linguistics 9500.

As part of your training in linguistics, you will develop valuable transferrable skills that can be effectively applied in a wide range of job settings. This course aims to help students identify and strengthen their marketable skills and learn to present themselves effectively to prospective employers both within and outside of academia. These skills include time management, oral communication, grant writing, teaching, leadership, research, project management, editing, interpersonal skills, and an appreciation of ethical and civic responsibility.

Linguist 9600 - Principles of Generative Syntax

The main goal of this course is to familiarize the students with current syntactic theory, by
investigating the syntax of movement and agreement, and how it has been analyzed over
the past 50 years. Students will be expected to read original literature in the Principles and
Parameters/Minimalism frameworks and will learn about different approaches to syntax
(e.g. Relational Grammar, Lexical-Functional Grammar). Students will also learn to apply
what they have learned to new data from different languages.

By the end of the course students should
- feel confident reading formal syntactic literature
- be able to apply theoretical analyses to original data
- be able to critique and present research papers
- feel confident about doing original research within the frameworks provided
- be able to communicate their research results (in the form of abstracts, squibs, and oral presentations)

Linguist 9724 - Accented Speech Across the Lifespan

This course examines some of the linguistic, cognitive, individual, and social factors that modulate the production and perception of foreign accented speech, heritage language speech and variation of regional accents, across the lifespan. 


Linguist 9620 - Empirical issues in Theoretical Phonology

A range of readings are used to examine different aspects of segmental phonology, comparing and contrasting more recent frameworks with earlier theories. The emphasis is on the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches in accounting for linguistic data. Students explore a range of datasets from various languages to illustrate phonological processes and cross-linguistic typological patterns.  Students complete a number of steps in a research project: literature review, data analysis, abstract, presentation, and final paper.

Linguist 9703  - Multilingualism in Morphosyntax

This course focuses on multilingualism in morphosyntax with a focus on Romance languages. To better understand multilingual learners, their errors, typology and acquisition processes, we start with bilingual acquisition and then compare it with Ln acquisition to further delve into the main processes involved in non-native learning, theories on bi/multi-lingualism, specifically in morphosyntactic adult acquisition.

Courses offered in other departments

Anthropology 9215 - Discourse and Society
Winter 2024

Library & Information Science 9733 - Multilingual Information Access
Fall 2023