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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 Department offers a collaborative program in Canadian Studies at the PhD level. For more information on this program, see “Admission Requirements”.

The programs are governed by the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS).

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The 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; psycholinguistics

BRUNELLE, Marc, Assistant Professor
Phonology; phonetics; sociolinguistics

CÔTÉ, Marie-Hélène, Associate Professor
Phonology and its interface with phonetics; morphology and lexis; linguistics variation; varieties of French

LAPIERRE, Andre, Full Professor
Onomastics; lexicography; sociolinguistics

LEVEY, Stephen, Assistant Professor
Urban dialectology and linguistic change; the language of adolescents and preadolescents from a variationist perspective; pidgin and creole languages

MACKAY, Ian, Associate Professor
General phonetics; acoustic phonetics; phonological acquisition of additional languages; speech science

MARTINEAU, France, Full Professor
Syntaxe française; histoire de la langue française; philologie française et québécoise; sociolinguistique; discours épistolaire et identitaire

MATHIEU, Éric, Associate Professor
French linguistics; syntax-semantics interface; Algonquian linguistics

MUNOZ-LICERAS, Juana, Full Professor
Language acquisition; Hispanic and general linguistics; psycholinguistics; contrastive and descriptive grammar; language contact

POPLACK, Shana, Distinguished University Professor
Linguistic variation and change; language contact and bilingualism; romance linguistics; Canadian French and English

RIVERO, Maria-Luisa, Emeritus Professor
Syntax (in the generative framework); Comparative and historical linguistics; Romance and Slavic languages; Languages of the Balkan region

SABOURIN, Laura, Assistant Professor
Psycholinguistics; first and second language processing; neural organization of language

SALANOVA, Andrés, Assistant Professor
Descriptive linguistics (of Amerindian languages), Semantics, Morphosyntax

TRUSWELL, Robert, Assistant Professor
Syntax, Semantics, Evolution of language, Cognitive science

WHITE, James Clifford, Assistant Professor
Language Acquisition; Phonology; Phonetics

ZAMUNER, Tania, Assistant Professor
First language acquisition; psycholinguistics; developmental speech perception and production; lexical development

The MA in Linguistics (or the equivalent) is required for admission to the doctoral program.

Collaborative Program in Canadian Studies at the PhD Level

The Department of Linguistics is a participating unit in the collaborative program in Canadian Studies at the PhD level. This program has been established for students wishing to enrich their training in linguistics by including an interdisciplinary component in Canadian Studies. The Canadian Studies seminars (CDN 6520 and CDN 6910) fit into the departmental course requirements and do not add to the number of courses required for the PhD in linguistics.

To be admitted to the program, students must be registered in or have successfully completed at least one graduate course in Linguistics with Canadian content. The mention "Specialization in Canadian Studies" will be added to the diploma of students who pass one of the Canadian Studies seminars (CDN 6520 or CDN 6910) and successfully defend a thesis on a Canadian topic in Linguistics.

For further details, please consult the Canadian Studies website of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Language Requirements

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, students have a right to produce their work, their thesis, and to answer examination questions in French or in English.

Fast-track from Master’s to PhD Program

Students registered in the Master of Arts in Linguistics at the University of Ottawa may, exceptionally, be allowed to transfer to the doctoral program without completing the master’s. To take advantage of this option, they must:

  • Complete 3 compulsory courses (LIN5915, LIN,5917 and LIN5918) and an optional course in the master’s program with a minimum grade of A- or better in each;
  • Provide letters in support of the fast-track from professors in two of the courses mentioned above;
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department;
  • Provide the name of the professor who has agreed to supervise the doctoral thesis.

The transfer must take place within twelve months of initial registration in the master's; the student must register in the PhD program in the 4th session at the latest. Please note that the minimal admission average requirements for the doctoral program must also be met. Following the transfer, all the requirements of the doctoral program must be met. The total number of course credits required is 30 (12 at the master’s and 18 at the doctoral level).

  1. Course requirements: A total of six courses (18 cr.)
    • All students must successfully complete two of the following courses (or approved equivalents):
    • LIN6915 PHONOLOGIE II / PHONOLOGY II (3cr.)
      LIN6917 SYNTAXE II / SYNTAX II (3cr.)
      LIN6918 SÉMANTIQUE II / SEMANTICS II (3cr.)

    • All students must take four additional graduate courses, chosen in consultation with their advisory committees. All linguistics graduate courses fulfill this requirement, except those which are prerequisites to required doctoral courses (LIN 5915, LIN 5917, LIN 5918)

    N.B. Research courses and seminar courses may be repeated if the content of the course is different.

  2. Doctoral Seminar
  3. The aim of this seminar is to provide doctoral students with the necessary methodological and professional tools for carrying out research in linguistics. This seminar must be taken in conjunction with their first comprehensive exam. Topics to be covered include: defining a research project; presentation of research results; poster preparation; techniques for writing academic papers, conference abstracts, and reviews; journal submission and review procedures; conference participation; research ethics. Compulsory for doctoral students. Graded S/NS.

  4. Comprehensive Examination
  5. All students must satisfy a comprehensive examination requirement. The requirement consists of two substantial research papers, each in a different field, selected in consultation with the student's advisory committee.

  6. Residence and Thesis
  7. All students must spend a minimum of six sessions in residence and present a thesis incorporating the results of original research carried out under the supervision of a member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Transfer students must complete a total of nine sessions in residence (master's and doctorate combined).

Additional Requirements

The requirements listed above are necessary minimums, and the department may impose additional courses if this appears desirable in view of the candidate's previous preparation. Candidates will be informed of any such additional courses at the beginning of their studies.

Minimum Standards

The passing grade in all courses is C+. Students who fail two courses (equivalent to 6 credits), the thesis proposal, or the comprehensive exam or whose research progress is deemed unsatisfactory are required to withdraw.

Duration of the Program

Students are expected to complete all requirements within four years. The maximum time permitted is six years from the date of initial registration in the program.

Thesis Advisory Committee

During the first session of the program, a thesis advisory committee (TAC) is formed for the candidate. The Committee's membership will be determined by the specific interests of the candidate. It will be composed of the supervisor and two to three additional professors. At least one member of the thesis committee, in addition to the supervisor, must be from the Faculty of Arts. The TAC is responsible for guiding the student throughout the program, including course selection, the comprehensive examination, thesis proposal, and thesis defense.

The thesis examining board may include members who are not part of the TAC.

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.

LIN7301 STATISTICS FOR LINGUISTICS RESEARCH (3cr.)
Specialized statistical methods for linguistic analysis, including both descriptive and inferential statistics (e.g. frequency distribution, standard deviation, ANOVA, MANOVA, Regression, Correlation, and T-tests). Training in statistical software. Reading and writing of reports on statistics results. Practical training with linguistic data sets.

LIN7701 STATISTIQUES POUR LA RECHERCHE EN LINGUISTIQUE (3cr.)
Méthodes statistiques appliquées à la recherche en linguistique, incluant les méthodes appartenant à la statistique descriptive et à la statistique inférentielle (distributions, écarts-type, analyse de la variance, analyse de la variance multiple, régressions, corrélations et statistiques t). Apprentissage de l'utilisation de logiciels statistiques. Lecture et rédaction de rapports de résultats statistiques. Formation pratique dans l’étude et l’analyse des données linguistiques.

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

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