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Department of Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics offers the study of the science of language through approaches that combine linguistic theory and empirical areas.


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.

One of the great strengths of our program is to offer a training that is both rigorous and broad, and which leads not only to graduate study in the language sciences, but to a wide range of related fields, among which language teaching, speech-language pathology, audiology, cognitive science, speech and language technologies and information technology stand out in particular.

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Hamelin Hall

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Students can expect to receive solid training in such basic areas as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, all of which constitute the field of Formal Linguistics. This groundwork will serve as a foundation for other areas represented in the department, including language variation, language acquisition, speech science and historical linguistics, all of which constitute the field of empirical linguistics.

The Master's program allows students to conduct research in the previously mentioned fields of linguistics. This is a one-year program that is completed by a major research paper.

The Ph.D. program offers the most advanced level of training in the department and prepares candidates for professional careers in linguistics.


The Department houses five specialized cutting-edge research laboratories, as well as the Linguistics Research Laboratory, a general research laboratory whose facilities are available to all professors and students in support of their teaching and research.

In addition to these, professors and graduate students may benefit from the three laboratories directed by professors who are cross-appointed with the Linguistics department. 

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Department of Linguistics

Hamelin Hall, room 401
70 Laurier Ave. East
Ottawa ON Canada K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5286
Fax: 613-562-5141
[email protected]

Office hours

Monday to Friday
8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 3:30 p.m.)

Academic assistants

Undergraduate studies
Simard Hall, room 128
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Graduate studies 
Simard Building, room 416
613 562-5800 ext. 5439
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