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Linguistics is the scientific study of language, a complex human behaviour. How do we produce and comprehend language? How is language acquired? What do the languages of the world have in common? How does language vary in different social contexts? These are some of the questions investigated in linguistics courses. Linguistics is relevant to a wide range of fields including speech-language pathology, audiology, cognitive science, education, language revitalization, artificial intelligence, speech synthesis, psychology and philosophy.



  • Linguistics (specialist, major and minor options)


First-Year Courses

  • LIN 101H1  -  Introduction to Linguistics: Sound Structure
  • LIN 102H1  -  Introduction to Linguistics: Sentence Structure and Meaning


Advice for First Year

All of the Linguistics programs require LIN 101H1 and LIN102H1. The Linguistics specialist program requires two years of a non-Germanic, non-Romance language. It is recommended that you begin the study of this language in your first year. Linguistics naturally combines as a major or minor with many disciplines, including, but not limited to, Psychology, Philosophy, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, French, Spanish and Portuguese, Slavic languages, German and Italian.


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