Meet Kristy Townshend:

Chelsea Whitwell (2015 Graduate)

  • cw "Being in the MA program at Western is a great place for aspiring academics to work together and push each other further. I really like knowing all of the members of the program, from my fellow students in the cohort to the professors and the administrative support. I love being on a first name basis with people I respect and knowing who I can go to with different types of questions. Each year, the courses offered are different from the previous year so both years of the program have the variation in the material that I want. Being in this Linguistics program has provided me with excellent experience as a researcher and a member of academia."

Feliks Rozenberg (2014 Graduate)

  • fr "The interdisciplinary program in Linguistics is quite flexible and accommodates students with varying interests and backgrounds. I was given the chance to organize my schedule and course selection to balance between interest in general linguistics and computer science. My supervisor has been very helpful and provided constructive criticism every step of the way. Also as an international student I have received tremendous support with settling down and every day life matters related to life in Canada. Finally, the MA program has put me at a good starting point in the job market, allowing me to apply for jobs in my field."

Jordan Dyment (2012 Graduate)

  • jd "Western's MA program prepared me for a career in linguistics and language science. The program's inter-disciplinary approach provided me an opportunity to explore research in language and linguistics from both theoretical and applied perspectives. Students are offered the flexibility to take coursework with professors from several departments and are supported in pursuing research in those departments. The educational and research-based experience I gained during the program prepared me comprehensively for continued study in Communication Sciences and Disorders as well as for a career in Speech-Language Pathology. I recommend this program to anyone who loves linguistics and is interested in pursuing any career - academic or applied - that involves language."

Kristen Izaryk (2011 Graduate)

  • ki "The MA program in Linguistics is a great program for students interested in linguistics and a variety of language-related fields, such as psychology, language disorders, and computer science. The interdisciplinary nature of the program was a perfect fit for me, being interested in both theoretical linguistics and language disorders, and it allowed me to tailor my Masters degree to focus on my exact research interests. And because the program is small, I felt supported in every way by the faculty, staff, and peers in the department. The faculty members are friendly, knowledgeable, and approachable and made each of my classes interesting and challenging, and because of this, I feel entirely prepared to begin my doctoral studies. On top of all that, the MA program is exceptionally well-funded. I definitely recommend this program for anyone looking for a personalized, challenging, and interdisciplinary graduate experience!"

Kaja Jasinska (2009 Graduate)

  • kj "The M.A. program in Linguistics at UWO offers a unique opportunity to study linguistics from an interdisciplinary perspective and work with faculty across disciplines. The professors are approachable and eager to share their expertise, and provide the resources and support for success while challenging you along the way. The small size of the program ensures that the students and professors get to know each other very well and work together. My graduate experience in the M.A. program in Linguistics provided me with the necessary research skills and theoretical foundation to continue language research at the Ph.D. level."

Caelan Marr (2010 Graduate)

  • cbm "The Master's in Linguistics program at the University of Western Ontario was the perfect fit for me. The two year Master's program is giving me the time, not only to develop my own research ideas, but also allowing me to specialize my skills and knowledge in linguistics. The small class sizes have allowed me to get to know each and every one of my professors and to expand my academice network incredibly. The professors and staff within the program are understanding, friendly and communicative and work to the highest level to be accommodating and to push me towards personal success. My experiences within this program have been great and I feel that it has more than prepared me to continue my research onto the PhD level. I highly recommend the Master's in Linguistics program to all students interested in a higher level of understanding within the field of linguistics."

Jessica Spieker (2009 Graduate)

  • js "Why should you study linguistics at Western? Because the program is small and supportive and you will receive all the attention you require, because the faculty comes from many diverse academic backgrounds, because you will have access to all the facilities in the TALL lab, because you will be well funded, and most of all because you will have the exciting opportunity to conduct your own independent linguistic research at a world-class university. My experiences in the graduate Linguistics program here at Western have been nothing short of phenomenal - the courses are all well crafted and interesting, the professors are incredibly knowledgeable, approachable and helpful, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to conduct my research in such a wonderful academic environment!"


Linguist seeks voices for research into Southwestern Ontario accent.   Read more

Linguistics graduate student Michael Iannozzi’s research project, SWORE (Southwestern Ontario Regional English), explores the linguistic habits of those living south and west of Toronto.  Read more

Lareina Milambiling (MA in Linguistics 2013), a Computer Science graduate student, is working to address the gap between natural language and artificial intelligence in the video game industry. Read more