Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Linguistics: Language Acquisition

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Offered by: Linguistics     Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Program Requirements

Students must satisfy all program requirements for the Ph.D. in Linguistics. The Ph.D. thesis must be on a topic relating to language acquisition.

Thesis

A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Required Courses (27 credits)

  • LING 601 Graduate Research Seminar 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : A seminar dedicated to graduate student research and professional training.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Michael Wagner (Fall)

  • LING 602 Graduate Research Seminar 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : A seminar dedicated to graduate student research and professional training.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Michael Wagner (Fall) Michael Wagner (Winter)

  • LING 630 Phonetics 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : Introduction to the current state of the field of phonetics, covering articulation, acoustics, and theories of perception and production.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Francisco Torreira-Martinez (Fall)

  • LING 631 Phonology 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : Foundations of phonological theory, focusing on issues in segmental and prosodic structure.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Heather Goad (Fall)

    • Fall

  • LING 635 Phonetics and Phonology 4 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : Advanced course on current issues in phonetic and phonological theory.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Meghan Clayards (Winter)

  • LING 660 Semantics 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : Introduction to the basics of natural language semantics.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Bernhard Schwarz (Fall)

    • Fall

  • LING 671 Syntax 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : In-depth overview of current issues in theoretical syntax. Emphasis will be placed on the logic and development of argumentation in syntactic theory.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Lisa De Mena Travis (Fall)

    • Fall

  • LING 706 Ph.D. Evaluation 1

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : Research and writing of the first research paper required in the Ph.D program.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Michael Wagner (Winter)

  • LING 707 Ph.D. Evaluation 2

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : Research and writing of the second research paper required in the in the Ph.D program.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Michael Wagner (Fall)

  • LING 710 Language Acquisition Issues 2 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : Examination and discussion of the leterature on a selected topic in language acquisition.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • PSYC 709 Language Acquisition Issues 1 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Psychology : Advanced area seminar on a topic in language acquisition issues.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • SCSD 712 Language Acquisition Issues 4 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Commun Sciences & Disorders (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Communication Sci & Disorders : An examination that must be passed by all doctoral candidates in order to continue in the doctoral program.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Note: LING 706 and LING 707 must be completed before proceeding to thesis research.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

3 credits of statistics from the following list

  • EDPE 676 Intermediate Statistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Educational&Counselling Psych (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Ed Psych & Couns (Psychology) : Analysis of variance, fixed, random and mixed effects, crossed and nested designs; regression models. Computer data processing using existing packages.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Krista Muis (Fall)

  • EDPE 682 Univariate/Multivariate Analysis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Educational&Counselling Psych (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Ed Psych & Couns (Psychology) : General linear model as a unified data analytic system for estimation and hypothesis testing that subsumes regression, analysis of variance, and analysis of covariance for single dependent variables. Introduction to generalizations involving multiple dependent (criterion) variables. Applications oriented toward education, educational psychology and counselling psychology. Experience with data-analysis tools.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Chiaki Konishi (Winter)

  • LING 620 Experimental Linguistics: Methods (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : Introduction to experimental research methods for linguists.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Michael Wagner, Morgan Sonderegger (Fall)

  • PSYC 650 Advanced Statistics 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Psychology : A course in advanced statistics with specialization in experimental design.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Heungsun Hwang (Fall)

  • PSYC 651 Advanced Statistics 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Psychology : A course in advanced statistics with specialization in multivariate techniques.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Carl Falk (Winter)

Students who have taken an equivalent course in statistics, or are currently taking an equivalent course as part of their Ph.D. program requirements, will be deemed to have satisfied this requirement for the Language Acquisition Option.

3 credits from the following:

6 credits from the following methods courses:

  • LING 610 Linguistic Field Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : Explores theoretically relevant questions in a less familiar and under-studied language, working with a language consultant. Basic methods of how to approach a new language and culture in the field are covered, as well as issues of language documentation and language preservation.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • LING 620 Experimental Linguistics: Methods (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : Introduction to experimental research methods for linguists.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Michael Wagner, Morgan Sonderegger (Fall)

  • LING 661 Advanced Formal Methods (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : This course presents the formal methods used in the study of syntax or semantics. Topics include basic set theory as well as partial orders and lattices.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

If LING 620 is taken to satisfy both the Statistics and the Methods complementary requirements, then 3 additional credits should be taken at the 500, 600, or 700 level.

6 additional credits at the 500, 600, or 700 level, at least 3 credits selected from the following list:

  • EDSL 620 Social Justice Issues in Second Language Education (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : An examination of social identity, non-dominant languages, and power relations among speakers, and their impact on the nature of second/additional language teaching, learning and use, from the perspective of critical applied linguistics. Topics range from the micro level of the individual to the macro level of language planning and policy-making.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Mekhala Sarkar (Winter)

  • EDSL 623 Second Language Learning (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : Seminar in second language acquisition theory and research and their relevance to teaching a second language.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Mekhala Sarkar (Fall)

    • Fall

  • EDSL 624 Educational Sociolinguistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : Seminar in the social, cultural and political dimensions of English second language learning and teaching.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

  • EDSL 627 Instructed Second Language Acquisition Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : Seminar in second language classroom-centred research focusing on instructional procedures and practices in relationship to learning outcomes.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Andrew Lee (Winter)

  • EDSL 629 Second Language Assessment (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : Research, theory, issues and practices in second language assessment in relationship to learners, teachers, and programs.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • EDSL 632 Second Language Literacy Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Integrated Studies in Ed (Faculty of Education)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Education in Second Languages : Theory and research related to the teaching and learning of second language literacy. The orientation is on reading and writing as a socio-cognitive activity.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Susan Gail Ballinger (Winter)

    • Fall

  • LING 555 Language Acquisition 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : A detailed overview of recent experimental work on first language acquisition of syntax within the principles and parameters framework, concentrating on both theoretical and methodological issues.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • LING 590 Language Acquisition and Breakdown (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Theoretical and experimental perspectives on an imperfect language faculty, in the context of current linguistic theory and state-of-the-art experimental methods and techniques. Comparison of linguistic abilities of normally developing children, children with language disorders (e.g., SLI), and adults with disrupted linguistic abilities (e.g., aphasic patients).

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • LING 651 Topics in Acquisition of Phonology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : An examination of theoretically informed work on the first language acquisition of phonology.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: LING 331 or LING 631 or permission of instructor. A course in language acquisition is highly recommended.

  • LING 655 Theory of L2 Acquisition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : Interlanguage grammars and the role of Universal Grammar in second language acquisition.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Lydia White (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: LING 671 or permission of instructor.

  • LING 751 Advanced Seminar: Experimental 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : An advanced seminar on current experimental research in linguistics. Topic varies by year.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Timothy O'Donnell (Fall)

  • LING 752 Advanced Seminar: Experimental 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Linguistics : An advanced seminar on current experimental research in linguistics. Topic varies by year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • PSYC 545 Topics in Language Acquisition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Psychological mechanisms and theories of first language acquisition in infancy and early childhood. Topics such as: infant speech perception, acquisition of grammar, word learning, pidgin and Creole languages, critical and sensitive periods, genetic and evolutionary bases of language.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Kristine Onishi (Winter)

    • Fall

  • PSYC 735 Developmental Psychology and Language (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Psychology : Advanced area seminar on a topic in developmental psychology and language.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • SCSD 619 Phonological Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Commun Sciences & Disorders (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Communication Sci & Disorders : Theories and research related to normal and abnormal phonological development in children will be studied.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Myrto Brandeker, Lisa Audrey Massaro, Sarah Colby (Fall)

  • SCSD 632 Phonological Disorders: Children (3 credits)

    Offered by: Commun Sciences & Disorders (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Communication Sci & Disorders : The nature of phonological disorders and clinical approaches for their remediation in children will be presented.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Lisa Audrey Massaro (Winter)

  • SCSD 633 Language Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Commun Sciences & Disorders (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Communication Sci & Disorders : Theories of language acquisition, prerequisites to language development, and current issues in research will be studied. Topics include the role of input, individual differences in acquisition, and language socialization.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Laura Gonnerman (Fall)

  • SCSD 637 Developmental Language Disorders 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Commun Sciences & Disorders (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Communication Sci & Disorders : The nature of developmental language disorders and the assessment of language competence and performance in both speaking and non-speaking children will be studied.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Elin Thordardottir, Myrto Brandeker (Fall)

  • SCSD 643 Developmental Language Disorders 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Commun Sciences & Disorders (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Communication Sci & Disorders : Major theories of language disorders are translated into intervention principles used in language treatment programs. Adaptations of intervention techniques to suit specific disorders (including augmentative communication) will be explored.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Elin Thordardottir, Sophie Vaillancourt (Fall) Elin Thordardottir, Amanda Ovadia (Winter)

  • SCSD 652 Advanced Research Seminar 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Commun Sciences & Disorders (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Communication Sci & Disorders : Pro seminar in which current research topics in communication disorders will be discussed.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Linda Polka (Winter)

    • This course may be taken as an advanced course for M.Sc. students.

  • SCSD 653 Advanced Research Seminar 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Commun Sciences & Disorders (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Communication Sci & Disorders : Pro seminar in which current research topics in communication disorders will be discussed.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Linda Polka (Winter)

    • This course may be taken as an advanced course for M.Sc. students.

0-2 credits from the following:

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