Interested in language and culture? Explore the possibilities! Linguistics courses fulfill elective credit requirements for a number of TWU degree programs. As the Linguistics Department at TWU, CanIL (Canada Institute of Linguistics) provides cross-cultural and linguistics classes. This understanding of language and culture will broaden your worldview and better equip you for various contexts in an increasingly global community. Check with your advisor and program worksheet to see if this is an option that you can pursue.

Eligibility: Undeclared or non-linguistics majors at TWU. Note that TWU Torch Award recipients are not eligible and that Linguistics majors or minors can apply for regular CanIL financial aid.

Amount: $500 per eligible linguistics course!

Deadlines: Apply by Aug. 31st for Fall semester, November 30 for Spring semester, April 30 for Summer semester

Click here for the Language and Culture Discovery Grant Application Form

Eligible TWU courses
Click on a course for more information.

LING-101 Introduction to Linguistics 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring

An introduction to the primary elements of linguistics, including an introduction to morphology and semantics (words and meaning), phonetics (the sounds of language), phonology (the sound systems of language), syntax (grammatical systems), sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, language acquisition theory, and current issues in linguistics. No previous knowledge of linguistics is required.

LING-210 Language and Society 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring, Summer

This course focuses on the interaction between language and the social context within which it is used. Topics include: regional and social dialects; multilingualism; language attitudes and their impact on national and personal identity; linguistic politeness; the maintenance, shift, loss, and spread of languages; and the impact of modern technology. Applications to gender and education are explored in depth.

This course can alternatively be taken in an online format. Refer to Language and Society ONLINE.

LING-310 Articulatory Phonetics 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring, Summer

This course provides a theoretical and practical introduction to the broad range of human speech sounds that are found in the languages of the world. Through practice inside and outside of the classroom, students will learn to recognize and produce the various sounds, transcribe them with phonetic symbols, and describe how they are produced. Attention will also be given to other phonetic details such as tone, intonation, stress, and duration.