Welcome to Linguistics

An undergraduate degree in Linguistics provides opportunities to study the formal, functional and systemic nature of language and languages as both social and cognitive phenomena. Although a discipline in its own right, Linguistics has cognate relationships with a wide array of disciplines, suggested by the interdisciplinary nature of many of the courses in the program. Faculty members from Anthropology, English, French, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and other disciplines participate.



LING 4510.1 Topics in Applied Linguistics: Psycholinguistic perspectives on bilingualism

The importance of bilingualism has taken on a new meaning in the last few years. Gone are the days when people wondered if speaking two languages doomed people to confusion or inarticulateness. Instead, researchers suggest that bilingualism is not only socially but also cognitively beneficial. The study of bilingualism from a psycholinguistic perspective is a rapidly expanding field, with ideas, models and presuppositions changing all the time. It is into this field that the course will take us. The methodological approaches currently employed in the psycholinguistic study of bilingualism will be introduced, including observation, experimentation, verbal and computational modelling, and brain imaging. We will also examine spoken and written language processing, simultaneous and successive language acquisition, bilingual memory and cognitive effects, and neurolinguistic and neuro-computational models of the bilingual brain.

When: 4:00-5:15 TR

Where: McNally Main 224

Who is teaching?  Dr Antoine Tremblay

Who can take it?  The course is intended for 3rd or 4th year and Certificate students in linguistics or closely related areas. Students who have previously taken a Topics in Applied Linguistics course can also take this course since its topic differs from all previous ones. Psychology and other students interested in psycholinguistics and/or bilingualism may also be interested.

Contact Antoine Tremblay ( or Egor Tsedryk (egor.tsedryk@smu.cafor permission.