Department of Linguistics at St. George

About the Department

Since 1967, the Department of Linguistics has offered courses in core theoretical areas of linguistics, in addition to areas which intersect with related disciplines (e.g. sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics).


Fields of Study

The core areas of research and teaching in the department, as approved by the Ontario College of Graduate Schools, are

  • Theoretical linguistics (generative grammar: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics)
  • Language variation (sociolinguistics, dialectology, language variation, language change)
  • Psycholinguistics (comprehension and production, language acquisition, both in relation to linguistic theory)



The department is housed in Sidney Smith Hall. Housed within the department are a lounge, a student reading room, and laboratories for Sociolinguistics and Variation, Phonetics, Psycholinguistics and Theoretical Linguistics. In addition, the Linguistics Graduate Course Union has a small but comprehensive library for the use of department members. Computers are available for student use. The department has a variety of computer hardware and software for research and teaching. The use of these facilities is limited to graduate students and to undergraduates enrolled in certain upper-level courses who have the permission of the Chair.  

The University of Toronto library system has an excellent linguistics collection and material on many languages.