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Program Details

The field of Linguistics is concerned with the formal description and analysis of language. As a student in the program, you will examine the following: the production, perception and acoustic properties of human speech sounds (phonetics); the patterns and variations of speech sounds (phonology); the categories, structure and creation of words (morphology); the structure of sentences (syntax); word, phrase and sentence meaning (semantics); language change and relationships among languages (historical linguistics); and language processing and first language acquisition (psycho/neurolinguistics).

Minor programs in American Sign Language, Mandarin Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies are also available.

Certificate programs are also available in Teaching English as a Second Language (CTESL) and in American Sign Language (CASL).

What students are saying about Linguistics


The undergraduate Applied Linguistics program at Carleton, though it is small, is exceptional! The professors are extraordinary—they are always more than willing to provide extra assistance and answer any questions. They strive to get to know their students on an academic as well as a personal level. Going to class has never been so enjoyable!
Victoria Vanderstoep second-year Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies and concurrent CTESL student