Linguistics is the scientific study of the human language faculty. The department offers undergraduate programs in Linguistics and graduate studies in Cognitive Science (emphasis in linguistics) through the School of Graduate Studies Individualized Program (INDI) .

Linguistics at Concordia

Teaching and research in the Linguistics programs focus on two areas: generative linguistics as a branch of cognitive science, encompassing fields such as syntax, phonology and language acquisition; and the nature of language change, with particular emphasis on the Indo-European language family.

Linguistics courses introduce students to the scientific investigation of the phenomena of language in general, as well as to in-depth analysis of particular languages. Methods of inquiry taught in linguistics courses include elicitation fieldwork with native-speaker informants, computer analysis of speech, philological approaches to ancient texts, theoretical modeling, and experimental design and implementation.

Linguistics training provides transportable skills in problem-solving and critical thinking, computer use, writing and close reading of scholarly literature. This experience prepares students for immediate employment in a variety of fields, as well as for graduate study. Concordia linguistics graduates are regularly accepted with funding into top international graduate programs in linguistics, as well as into programs in speech pathology, law, cognitive science and other fields.


Faculty Research Interests

Alan Bale, Assistant Professor Semantics, syntax, morphology, history of linguistics, philosophy of science, logic and other mathematical structures, relevant for linguistic theory.

Annette Teffeteller, Professor — Classical and comparative philology, Indo-European studies, Homeric studies.

Charles Reiss, Professor — Phonology, cognitive science, phonetics, morphology, historical linguistics.

Dana Isac, Associate Professor — Comparative syntax of Romance languages, syntax and semantics of nominals, negation, modality and clause typing.

Grace Chen-Hsiu Kuo, Assistant Professor — Acoustic phonetics, speech prosody and its acoustic correlates, acoustic-phonetics of reduced speech, speech rhythm, voice quality variations, tone sandhi, tone recognition, speech synthesis, experimental linguistics, laboratory phonology, intonational phonology, sentence processing, lexical processing, disordered speech.

Laura Grestenberger, Assistant Professor — Indo-European and historical linguistics (especially Hittite, Indo-Iranian, Greek, and Latin), diachronic syntax, verbal morphology and morphosyntax, voice systems, reflexivity.

Madelyn Kissock, Associate Professor — Range of issues in syntactic, phonological, and acquisition theory, especially focusing on Dravidian languages.

Mark Hale, Professor — Historical linguistics, especially phonology; Oceanic languages.


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