Fields of Study

Fields of Study

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). 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

We do not offer a specialization in applied linguistics. If this is your area of interest, you might consider the Languages and Literacies Education programs hosted by the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).