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Linguistics

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Have you ever wondered why males and females seem to speak different languages? What is the difference between human communication and animal communication? How do children acquire language, and why it is so easy for them and so hard for adults? How does language evolve with time? What can be done to preserve minority languages? How do you transcribe sounds of any human language and what kinds of sounds do languages use? What do language sounds look like? How can you catch criminals by the unique patterns of their voices? Find the answers to these and many other questions when you choose linguistics at the University of Saskatchewan.


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Bachelor of Arts - Linguistics

  • B.A. Four-year
  • B.A. Three-year
  • B.A. Honours

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    What is Linguistics?

    Linguistics is an interdisciplinary program that explores the structure of language, as well as its change and development. This discipline also examines how language functions in the lives of individuals, groups and societies. Linguistics finds applications in speech and language pathology, cultural studies, communication, and education.

    Linguistics studies the basic nature of human language:

    • speech sounds, sound systems and writing systems
    • universal characteristics of word and sentence structure
    • geographical and social variations of language and dialects
    • the historical evolution of world languages

    Linguistics: Is it for you?

    • The Linguistics Program offers a well-rounded curriculum that delivers solid classroom instruction coupled with intensive tutorials.
    • Small class sizes create a high-quality learning environment that maximizes interaction among students and professors, as well as between peers.
    • Excellent study and work abroad opportunities are available to U of S students and credits earned abroad may be applied to your U of S degree.

    Sample Classes

    • LING 112: Dynamics of Language
      An introduction to language acquisition, dialectology and historical linguistics. Includes how language varies geographically and socially, how it changes, borrowing, common descent and typological similarities among languages. The human biological propensity to acquire language and language universals are considered.
    • LING 247: The Worlds Major Languages
      Gives an overview of six most influential languages of the world: English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese. The course explores the main concepts of geographical linguistics, factors that make a language influential, globalization and language ideology, the language life cycle and the role of globalization in language obsolescence. The focus will be on the spread of each of these languages in two aspects: geographical-historical (the origins of the languages, their spread in space and time) and socio-cultural (linguistic variation, language as national identity marker). A considerable portion of time will be devoted to the linguistic portraying of these languages: characterization of their typological features on the levels of phonology, grammar and syntax, as well as study of fragments constituting their different linguistics pictures of the world.
    • RCM 401: Oral Rhetoric
      Focuses on application of the fundamentals of rhetoric to oral presentations. This is not primarily a course in performance; thus, in addition to developing skills in delivery, it will concentrate on applying theoretical understanding in four other areas; understanding and adapting to audience; using rhetorical strategies to develop a well-structured, engaging, and convincing message; accommodating to situational constraints; and establishing speaker credibility.

    Career Opportunities

    • Consultant
    • Foreign Service Officer
    • Government Agency Administrator
    • English as a Second Language Instructor
    • Dialect Coach
    • Technical Writer
    • Speech Therapist
    • Editor
    • Author
    • Voice Recognition Software Technician
    • Web Design Specialist

    Skill Sets Gained

    • Communication skills: written and/or oral
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Critical and analytical thinking
    • Teamwork/Interpersonal skills 

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