The PhD in Linguistics, Language Documentation and Revitalization will help students to generate a record of a language by investigating its structural properties and its role in the culture. As well, this four-year program will train PhD researchers working with endangered language communities to develop the tools and skills necessary to help maintain and promote their language and culture. Students will apply their linguistic knowledge in documentation projects involving classifying, annotating and analyzing linguistics data, and/or in creating materials to be used by the linguistic community in maintaining and revitalizing their language.

Admission Requirements

An MA degree in Linguistics with a minimum GPA of A-.

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Program Requirements – PhD in Language Documentation and Revitalization (10.0 credits)

1.0 credit in:

  • LING 6801 [1.0] Language Documentation

0.5 credit in:

  • ALDS 6407 [0.5] Revitalization Policy

1.5 credits from:

  • ALDS 5202 [0.5] Curriculum in Language Teaching
  • ALDS 5302 [0.5] Second Language Acquisition
  • ALDS 5407 [0.5] Language Policy and Planning
  • ALDS 5501 [0.5] Language Testing and Assessment
  • ANTH 5106 [0.5] North American Indigenous Peoples
  • ANTH 5208 [0.5] Anthropology of Indigeneity
  • ANTH 5210 [0.5] Special Topics in Indigenous Studies
  • ANTH 5305 [0.5] Special Topics in Ethnography
  • CGSC 5101 [0.5] Experimental Methods and Statistics
  • LING 5004 [0.5] Syntax
  • LING 5005 [0.5] Morphology
  • LING 5007 [0.5] Phonology
  • LING 5077 [0.5] Phonetics
  • LING 5608 [0.5] Language and Cognition
  • LING 5704 [0.5] Linguistic Analysis, Culture & Cognition
  • LING 5505 [0.5] Semantics

0.0 credits in:

  • LING 6907 [0.0] Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
  • LING 6908 [0.0] Qualifying Paper

7.0 credits in:

  • LING 6909 [7.0] PhD Thesis

Milestones for PhD Program

Activity Date
Initial meeting with supervisor(s) Year 1 (Fall)
  • Coursework
  • LING 6001  Language Documentation
  • ALDS 6407  Revitalization Policy
  • 1.5 credit in program electives
Year 1 (Fall & Winter)
  • QP Committee formed
  • QP defended
  • Comp Exam Committee formed
  • Thesis Committee formed
Year 2 (Fall)
  • Comp Exam completed
  • Prospectus defended
Year 2 (Winter)
  • Thesis defended
Year 4 (Summer)
  • Final thesis submitted
Year 4 (Summer)