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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Linguistics Talks @ Western

October 5th, 2023, 3pm, UC 3127

The LTW series is happy to announce a first talk for this year: Ileana Paul will present a multi-author paper that has been accepted at this year AFLA (Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association) held in Lund University, Sweden. 

"Here’s an analysis: Malagasy presentatives"
Vanilla Dimisy, Ileana Paul, Baholisoa Simone Ralalaoherivony, Jeannot Fils Ranaivoson, Lisa Travis



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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.