Linguistics covers the core areas of phonetics, phonology, semantics, and syntax with the possibility of specializing in First Nations languages, African languages, first language acquisition, and experimental linguistics as well as specialized interaction with other disciplines such as art, computer science, music, philosophy, and psychology in the cognitive systems stream.


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Faculty Members in Linguistics

Name Research Interests
Abdul-Mageed, Muhammad Artificial intelligence (AI); Deep Learning; Natural Language Processing; Machine Learning; Computational Linguistics; Social Media Mining; Arabic
Babel, Molly Linguistics; Phonetics; Recognition of Speech; Perception and Representation; Acoustics; Dialects; acoustics of speech production; phonetic variation; speech perception; spoken word recognition
Bochnak, Ryan
Davis, Henry Thomas First Nations languages
Dechaine, Rose-Marie Native American languages; Algonquian language family, Cree, Blackfoot, Ojibwe; French / English bilingualism policy; formal linguistics; generative grammar (Chomsky); West African languages (Niger-Congo, Yoruba, Igbo, Edo); Nigerian languages; literacy vs. oralcy; language planning re: French, Indigenous languages, Speech/gesture coordination, syntactic interface relations
Gick, Bryan phonetics, speech science, speech motor control, speech perception, multimodal perception, tactile perception, ultrasound imaging of speech, sounds of the world’s languages, Physical mechanisms of speech production, speech research
Hall, Kathleen Linguistics; Phonology; Phonetics; Laboratory Phonology
Hammerly, Christopher Syntax & Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe)
Hansson, Gunnar Linguistic structures (including grammar, phonology, lexicon and semantics); Cognitive sciences; theoretical phonology; morphology-phonology interface; phonological typology; historical linguistics (language change); locality relations; Icelandic
Hudson Kam, Carla Language development, second language acquisition, critical periods for learning, input and language learning, language learning and language change, Psychology, First and second language acquisition, gesture and language learning, language contact and language change
Matthewson, Lisa Linguistics; Semantics; Austronesian languages; Cross-linguistic variation and universals; Salish languages; Semantic fieldwork; Tsimshianic languages
Morzycki, Marcin Linguistics; adverbial modification; degree modifiers; expressive meaning; grammar of modification; knowledge of meaning; measure phrases; modification of quantifiers; nonrestrictive modification; semantic restrictions on modifier order; Semantics, syntax, and their interface
Pulleyblank, Douglas Linguistics; Phonology; Morphology; African languages; Yoruba
Rullmann, Hotze Linguistics; Semantics
Silfverberg, Miikka Pietari Natural Language Processing; NLP for morphologically complex languages; Morphological tagging; Parsing; Computational phonology and morphology; Deep Learning for NLP; Structured Prediction; Computational Semantics; Morphologically Complex Languages; Computational Linguistics
Soskuthy, Marton language change; Computational modeling; Statistics; Phonetics; Cognitive systems
Tessier, Anne-Michelle Linguistic structures (including grammar, phonology, lexicon and semantics); Constraint-based grammars; L2 production and perception in childhood; Language Acquisition; Lexical avoidance; Phonology; Prosodic processing with cochlear implants; Shitgibbons; U-shaped development
Zhu, Jian Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, Speech Sciences

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