Linguistics is a discipline that explores the structure of language, its role in human activity, and its relationship to the biological and psychological human organism. It is considered one of the humanities because it focuses on the relationship between human beings and language, but it is also an exact science because of its systematic explanation of the facts of language and its use of experimental methodology.
The Department of Linguistics offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of MA in linguistics and PhD in linguistics. It is possible, through the selection of relevant courses, to specialize in a variety of areas of linguistic research. These include the following: theoretical linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics), first and second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics and sociolinguistics. Detailed information about the programs, for instance, the research areas of professors, course descriptions, and student advising arrangements is provided in the Department's student handbook.
The programs operate within the general framework of the “General Regulations” of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) of the University of Ottawa, which are posted on the FGPS website.
Search all research fields for members of the teaching staffThe professors included in the list below are members of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This means that they are authorized to supervise or co-supervise theses. A complete list of the faculty and staff members associated with the program can be found at http://www.linguistics.uottawa.ca
ARREGUI, Ana, Associate Professor
Semantics; psycholinguisticsBRUNELLE, Marc, Assistant Professor
Phonology; phonetics; sociolinguisticsCÔTÉ, Marie-Hélène, Associate Professor
Phonology and its interface with phonetics; morphology and lexis; linguistics variation; varieties of FrenchLAPIERRE, Andre, Full Professor
Onomastics; lexicography; sociolinguisticsLEVEY, Stephen, Assistant Professor
Urban dialectology and linguistic change; the language of adolescents and preadolescents from a variationist perspective; pidgin and creole languagesMACKAY, Ian, Associate Professor
General phonetics; acoustic phonetics; phonological acquisition of additional languages; speech scienceMARTINEAU, France, Full Professor
Syntaxe française; histoire de la langue française; philologie française et québécoise; sociolinguistique; discours épistolaire et identitaireMATHIEU, Éric, Associate Professor
French linguistics; syntax-semantics interface; Algonquian linguisticsMUNOZ-LICERAS, Juana, Full Professor
Language acquisition; Hispanic and general linguistics; psycholinguistics; contrastive and descriptive grammar; language contactPOPLACK, Shana, Distinguished University Professor
Linguistic variation and change; language contact and bilingualism; romance linguistics; Canadian French and EnglishRIVERO, Maria-Luisa, Emeritus Professor
Syntax (in the generative framework); Comparative and historical linguistics; Romance and Slavic languages; Languages of the Balkan regionSABOURIN, Laura, Assistant Professor
Psycholinguistics; first and second language processing; neural organization of languageSALANOVA, Andrés, Assistant Professor
Descriptive linguistics (of Amerindian languages), Semantics, MorphosyntaxTRUSWELL, Robert, Assistant Professor
Syntax, Semantics, Evolution of language, Cognitive scienceZAMUNER, Tania, Assistant Professor
First language acquisition; psycholinguistics; developmental speech perception and production; lexical development
The BA with honours in linguistics (or the equivalent) is required for admission to the master's program.
Applicants to the master's program whose BA with honours is in an area other than linguistics may be admitted to a qualifying program which will be established for each student, taking previous preparation into account. This program will comprise up to 30 credits to ensure coverage of all the major areas of linguistics. After the requirements of the qualifying program have been satisfactorily fulfilled, students may apply for admission to the regular master's program.
Candidates must have an adequate knowledge of both French and English, and they must be prepared to take courses in both languages.
In accordance with the University of Ottawa regulation, assignments, examinations, research papers and theses can be produced in either English or French.
Eighteen credits (six courses) at the graduate level to be chosen as follows:LIN5915 Phonology I, LIN5917 Syntax I, LIN5918 Semantics I (9 compulsory course credits).Three courses encompassing at least two of the following sub-areas: bilingualism, experimental phonetics, first language acquisition, historical linguistics, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition and sociolinguistics.Research paperStudents must successfully complete a research paper of approximately 50 pages in length. Students will normally register for the research paper (LIN 7997) upon completion of all courses. The research paper must be approved by two faculty members, one of whom also serves as the supervisor. The paper is graded S (satisfactory) or NS (not satisfactory).
Fast-track from Master’s to PhD ProgramOutstanding students enrolled in the master’s program may be allowed to transfer to the PhD program without being required to write a master’s thesis. For additional information, please consult the “Admission” section of the PhD program.
Duration of ProgramFull-time students will normally complete the program in three sessions. The maximum time allowed is four years.
ResidenceStudents admitted full-time must register full-time for a minimum of three sessions.
Minimum StandardsThe passing grade in all courses is C+. Students who fail two courses (equivalent to 6 credits) must withdraw from the program.
LIN5902 TECHNIQUES DE LABORATOIRE : LOGICIELS, SIGNAUX ET STIMULI / LABORATORY TECHNIQUES: SOFTWARE, SIGNALS AND STIMULI (3cr.)
LIN5903 SOCIOLINGUISTIQUE I / SOCIOLINGUISTICS I (3cr.)
LIN5904 PSYCHOLINGUISTIQUE / PSYCHOLINGUISTICS (3cr.)
LIN5908 BILINGUISME / BILINGUALISM (3cr.)
LIN5910 DIALECTOLOGIE / DIALECTOLOGY (3cr.)
LIN5915 PHONOLOGIE I / PHONOLOGY I (3cr.)
LIN5917 SYNTAXE I / SYNTAX I (3cr.)
LIN5918 SÉMANTIQUE I / SEMANTICS I (3cr.)
LIN5921 RECHERCHE EN LINGUISTIQUE FRANÇAISE (3cr.)
LIN5922 RECHERCHE EN LINGUISTIQUE FRANCO-CANADIENNE (3cr.)
LIN5923 RESEARCH IN ENGLISH LINGUISTICS (3cr.)
LIN5924 RECHERCHE EN SOCIOLINGUISTIQUE / RESEARCH IN SOCIOLINGUISTICS (3cr.)
LIN5998 TRAVAUX PRATIQUES I / GUIDED RESEARCH I (3cr.)
LIN5999 TRAVAUX PRATIQUES II / GUIDED RESEARCH II (3cr.)
LIN6901 PHONÉTIQUE EXPÉRIMENTALE : LA PHYSIOLOGIE / EXPERIMENTAL PHONETICS: PHYSIOLOGY (3cr.)
LIN6902 PHONÉTIQUE EXPÉRIMENTALE : L'ACOUSTIQUE / EXPERIMENTAL PHONETICS: ACOUSTICS (3cr.)
LIN6915 PHONOLOGIE II / PHONOLOGY II (3cr.)
Préalable : LIN5915 ou l'équivalent / Prerequiste: LIN 5915 or equivalent.
LIN6917 SYNTAXE II / SYNTAX II (3cr.)
Préalable : LIN5917 ou l'équivalent / Prerequisite: LIN 5917 or equivalent.
LIN6918 SÉMANTIQUE II / SEMANTICS II (3cr.)
Préalable : LIN5918 ou l'équivalent / Prerequisite: LIN 5918 or equivalent.
LIN7910 SÉMINAIRE I / SEMINAR I (3cr.)
LIN7911 SÉMINAIRE II / SEMINAR II (3cr.)
LIN7912 SÉMINAIRE III / SEMINAR III (3cr.)
LIN7913 SÉMINAIRE IV / SEMINAR IV (3cr.)
LIN7919 ACQUISITION DE LA LANGUE MATERNELLE I / FIRST LANGUAGE ACQUISITION I (3cr.)
LIN7920 ACQUISITION DE LA LANGUE SECONDE I / SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION I (3cr.)
LIN7921 COURS DE PRATIQUE PSYCHOLINGUISTIQUE / PRACTICUM IN PSYCHOLINGUISTICS (3cr.)
LIN7930 PROBLÈMES DE LINGUISTIQUE THÉORIQUE I / TOPICS IN THEORETICAL LINGUISTICS I (3cr.)
LIN7931 PROBLÈMES DE LINGUISTIQUE THÉORIQUE II / TOPICS IN THEORETICAL LINGUISTICS II (3cr.)
LIN7932 SÉMINAIRE EN LINGUISTIQUE THÉORIQUE I / SEMINAR IN THEORETICAL LINGUISTICS I (3cr.)
LIN7933 SÉMINAIRE EN LINGUISTIQUE THÉORIQUE II / SEMINAR IN THEORETICAL LINGUISTICS II (3cr.)
LIN7940 ACQUISITION DE LA LANGUE SECONDE II / SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION II (3cr.)
LIN7941 PSYCHOLINGUISTIQUE II / PSYCHOLINGUISTICS II (3cr.)
LIN7942 SOCIOLINGUISTIQUE II / SOCIOLINGUISTICS II (3cr.)
LIN7943 NEUROLINGUISTIQUE / NEUROLINGUISTICS (3cr.)
LIN7997 MÉMOIRE DE MAÎTRISE / M.A. RESEARCH PAPER
LIN8998 SÉMINAIRE DE DOCTORAT / DOCTORAL SEMINAR
LIN9998 EXAMEN DE CANDIDATURE DU DOCTORAT / PhD QUALIFYING EXAMINATION
LIN9999 RECHERCHE ET THÈSE DE DOCTORAT / PhD THESIS RESEARCH