Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics Major or Minor

Courses for the Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics at Tyndale University in Toronto, Ontario are taken at Tyndale University and administered in partnership with CanIL. Accreditation is through Tyndale University.

Linguistics courses offered at Tyndale University focus on the study of language structures from a technical and applied perspective. A Major or Minor in Linguistics are options at Tyndale. The Minor offers a foundation in key areas such as Phonetics, Morphology, Syntax, Sociolinguistics, Language and Culture Acquisition, and Philosophy of Language. The Linguistics program also relates the science of language to its application in literature, philosophy and theology. Linguistics courses expand understanding of how language is used in English, Philosophy, Psychology and Biblical Studies classes. The qualified graduate has a foundation for work in a variety of fields: teaching, speech pathology, psychology, research, and Bible translation and literacy.

The Bottom Line

How long is the program?
4 years

How many semester hours?
120 total hours
– 36 hours for a Linguistics major,
– 24 hours for a Linguistics minor.

What is the current cost?
$478 per semester hour

How much does an average semester cost?
$5,736 (12 semester hours)

How much financial aid is available?
CanIL offers an average of $500 for each qualifying Linguistics course taken at Tyndale.

CanIL offers a Church Matching Grant up to $4,000 for BA Ling majors in their 3rd and 4th years enrolled in CanIL Launch and 3 or more Linguistics courses per semester for a full academic year. Learn more at Financial Aid: Awards for CanIL Launch Students

BA LING Major at Tyndale

Program Requirements

In addition to the core BA courses, students will take the following linguistic credit hours:

  • LING-101 Introduction to Linguistics I
  • LING-102 Introduction to Linguistics II
  • LING-201 Phonetics
  • LING-203 Phonology I
  • LING-204 Morphology & Syntax I
  • LING-211 Language & Society
  • Additional 12 sem. hours of LING 300 level courses
  • Additional 6 sem. hours of LING 400 level courses

BA LING Minor at Tyndale

Program Requirements

In addition to the core BA courses, students will take the following Linguistics courses:

  • LING-101 Introduction to Linguistics I
  • LING-102 Introduction to Linguistics II
  • 12 sem. hours of LING 200 level courses
  • 6 sem. hours of LING 300 level courses

Linguistics Courses

LING-101 Introduction to Linguistics I 3 Sem. Hours Fall

Introduction to core ‘technical’ areas of linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax. Interplay of linguistics with the related disciplines of psychology, neurology, sociology and literature. Additional topics covered include: animal communication, language and culture, and how languages change over time. Understanding of how human languages are structured in the mind, how language develops in children, and how language is used in human communities. Exposure to data and analysis of languages from around the world.

Click here for more info on LING-1013.
LING-102 Introduction to Linguistics II 3 Sem. Hours Winter

Continuation of LING 101.

Click here for more info on LING-1023.
LING-201 Phonetics 3 Sem. Hours Fall

Introduction to the broad range of human speech sounds used in languages of the world. Students receive training and practice in recognizing, describing and producing speech sounds from a variety of languages, and transcribing them with phonetic symbols. Focuses on the articulatory bases of speech production, but some discussion of the acoustic properties of speech sounds is also provided.

Click here for more info on LING-2013.
LING-203 Phonology I: Phonological Analysis 3 Sem. Hours Winter

Provides an introduction to the theory and practice of analyzing sound systems in spoken languages. Opportunity to apply the principles of phonological analysis to data from a wide variety of natural languages. Application of phonological analysis to issues of orthography development. Prerequisite: LING 201.

Click here for more info on LING-2033.
LING-204 Morphology & Syntax I 3 Sem. Hours Fall

This course introduces theoretical concepts and analytical principles pertaining to the study of words and word-stems (morphology), and phrases and sentences (syntax) in human language. Problem solving with data from a variety of languages is a major part of the course.

Click here for more info on LING-2043.
LING-211 Language & Society 3 Sem. Hours Fall

Introduction to language as a context-dependent social phenomenon. Students examine how various contexts and social factors, such as age, gender, social class, status, setting and topic, influence linguistic choices, with special attention to multilingual societies. Other topics include language attitudes, the maintenance, shift or loss of languages, language and technology and language in education.

Prerequisites: 6 credit hours in LING.

Click here for more info on LING-2113.
LING-302 Language & Culture Acquisition 3 Sem. Hours Winter

Practical introduction to language and culture learning for linguists, missionaries and professionals who find themselves in areas where no formal language instruction is available. Students learn foundational principles of language acquisition and are exposed to a diverse range of language learning methodologies. Students exercise these methodologies in regular sessions where they meet with a speaker of a non-Indo-European language. Students learn how to plan their own language learning, tailoring strategies to their individual learning styles.

Prerequisites: 6 credit hours in LING.

Click here for more info on LING-3023.
LING-303 Phonology II: Advanced Phonological Analysis 3 Sem. Hours Fall

Builds upon LING 203 by exploring recent developments and current issues in phonological theory. Attention is given to the interplay between theory and analysis. Experience extending theoretical models to new data, and develop constructive critical thinking in light of problems encountered.

Prerequisites: 6 credit hours in LING, including LING 203.

Click here for more info on LING-3033.
LING-304 Morphology & Syntax II 3 Sem. Hours Winter

This course explores the rich variety of morphological and syntactic constructions and processes found in human language, deepening the students’ understanding of morphosyntactic phenomena from a typological perspective. The topics are examined within the framework of a current theory of Syntax.

Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in LING including LING 204.

Click here for more info on LING-3043.
LING-405 Field Methods 3 Sem. Hours Winter

Being able to gather and organize data, form hypotheses and work ethically with human subjects in research are essential professional skills for any linguistic researcher. Work with speakers from a non-Indo-European language community to transcribe utterances, build a rudimentary dictionary and gather data for phonological and grammatical analysis. Involves learning some special computer tools for the creation of lexical databases, and the gathering and organizing of language data.

Prerequisites: LING 201, 203, 204, 211

Click here for more info on LING-4053.
LING-407 Discourse Analysis 3 Sem. Hours

Analysis of structures and meaning beyond the sentence to how information is organized in texts. Consideration of text genres and the study of concepts such as topic, focus, foregrounding, new and old information, etc. Exploration of techniques of narrative text discourse analysis in various languages of the world.

Prerequisite: LING 201, 203, 204

Click here for more info on LING-4073.
LING-471 Semantics & Pragmatics 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Winter

This course provides students with the theoretical tools with which to study meaning at the word and sentence levels, and to explain how people interpret utterances in context. Students will study various models of semantics and pragmatics, and learn how to apply different approaches to the study of meaning in natural language.

Prerequisite: LING 204 Morphology and Syntax I

Click here for more info on LING-4713.
LING-475 Principles of Bible Translation 3 Sem. Hours Fall

This course is designed to give the student the theoretical basis and practical skills for the transfer of meaning from one language to another. Topics will include semantic analysis of source language and receptor language, and problems encountered in cross-language transfer, with particular attention to the translation of Scripture.
Pre-requisites: LING 1013, 1023 and 2043;

Pre- or Co-requisite: LING 4713

Click here for more info on LING-4753.
LING-476 Principles of Literacy 3 Sem. Hours Winter

This course covers methods used in the introduction of literacy to ethno-linguistic minority groups.
It includes orthography design, consideration of socio-historical issues, strategies for literacy programs, stimulation of local authorship, reading theory, and instructional methodologies.

Prerequisite: LING 201 Phonetics and 203 Phonology I: Phonological Analysis.

Click here for more info on LING-4763.
LING-480 Internship in Field Linguistics 6 Sem. Hours Summer

Designed to give students practical experience in field-based language work, including language documentation, description, and development. Students will work with a Tyndale faculty supervisor and a field mentor to develop their ability as field linguists by making a contribution to a language project. Requires a minimum of 240 hours in a field project. Available only to students enrolled in the BA LING major or minor with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and the approval of their faculty advisor.

Prerequisite: LING 405. Permission required.

Click here for more info on LING-4806.

Full-time Tyndale Program Faculty

Dr. Paul Arsenault

Director of CanIL Tyndale Program

Education 2012. PhD, University of Toronto 2002. M.A., University of Hyderabad, India 1998. SIL Linguistic Training, Trinity Western University 1995. B.Th., Eastern Pentecostal Bible College Area of Specialization Phonology, Phonetics, Morphology and South Asian languages Dr. Arsenault has worked as a linguist with SIL International and its partner agencies since 1997. He has lived and traveled […]