The research programs of most of our graduate students, past and present, involve original fieldwork with either the local indigenous languages or in such diverse places as China, Korea, Iran, and the South Pacific. Courses in linguistics have been offered at the University of Manitoba since 1967; an independent department of linguistics was created in 1984. The department has hosted a variety of conferences and workshops, including the first two Workshops on Structure and Constituency in the Languages of the Americas; it also publishes the Algonquian and Iroquoian Linguistics Memoirs. In addition, the department offers regular research colloquia and public lectures.
Research facilities available in the department include portable DAT and solid-state audio recorders, made available to graduate students for fieldwork. The Linguistics Laboratory features a sound-attenuated chamber for high-quality acoustic recordings and auditory perception experiments.
The laboratory houses a variety of professional quality audio and video recording equipment for original research and for archiving existing material in spoken and signed languages, along with a library of supporting software packages for editing and analysis.
As a department with a relatively small number of graduate students, we are able to offer individualized and flexible graduate programs leading to both the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. For students who want to pursue in-depth and especially field-based research in linguistics, the University of Manitoba is situated in a linguistically diverse region and is an ideal location to study.
The department has research strengths in formal, functional/typological and cognitive approaches to the core areas of linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax), as well as historical linguistics, language acquisition, language planning and policy, text-based and discourse analyses and computational linguistics. The department’s research draws on a wide range of languages, such as Hebrew, Persian, Tauya and American Sign Language, and the department is also a world centre for the study of the Algonquian family of languages. In addition to journal articles and monographs, department members produce reference grammars, dictionaries and text collections for local languages.