Concordia Linguistics

My daughter is an incredibly grounded, normal human being. She's not going to grow up cussing and not knowing linguistics. --- Courtney Love


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Graduate program

The Linguistics Program offers MA and PhD degrees through the Individualized Program (INDI) of the School of graduate Studies.

We have expertise in Historical Linguistics (Indo-European and Oceanic), Syntax, Semantics and Phonology from the I-language, biolinguistic perspective. Such a program may involve only members of the Linguistics faculty, or else Linguistics faculty and faculty in other programs such as Psychology, Philosophy or Classics. Charles Reiss (Linguistics) and Roberto de Almeida (Psychology) are especially interested in students who would like to design an INDI in Psycholinguistics and Cognitive Science. Please contact one of us for further information, or contact Darlene Dubiel of the School of Graduate Studies for general information on INDI.

Books by Linguistics Faculty



Alan Bale (Associate Professor)

Mark Hale (Professor)

Mattyas Huggard (Assistant Professor)

Madelyn Kissock (Associate Professor)

Dana Isac (Associate Professor)

Charles Reiss (Professor)

Annette Teffeteller (Professor)

Veno Volenec (Assistant Professor)

Other Concordia faculty with linguistics interests

Sabine Bergler (Computer Science)

Roberto de Almeida (Psychology)

Phonology: A Formal Introduction

by Alan Bale & Charles Reiss

An introduction to generative phonology using tools of basic set theory, logic, and combinatorics.


The Morphosyntax of Imperatives

by Dana Isac

This book studies the properties of imperative clauses in the context of a theory of Universal Grammar. The author argues that the "type" of imperative clauses can be traced back to a plurality of finer grained features, such as Modality and phi-features, hosted by the Mod, Infl, and Speech Event heads, among others.


Theory and Method in Historial Linguistics

by Mark Hale

This book goes beyond the boundaries of a standard text, using controversial and compelling ideas to explore the relationship between fundamental concepts in historical linguistics, topics such as 'language' and 'change', and corresponding notions in contemprary linguistic theory.


The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Interfaces

edited by Gillian Ramchand & Charles Reiss

The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Interfaces explores how the core components of the language faculty interact. It examines how these interactions are reflected in linguistic and cognitive theory, considers what they reveal about the operations of language within the mind, and looks at their reflections in expression and communication. International scholars present accounts of developments in the interfaces between phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.


I-language: An Introduction to Linguistics as Cognitive Science

by Dana Isac & Charles Reiss

In an engaging, down-to-earth style the authors give a crystal-clear demonstration of the application of the scientific method in linguistic theory. Their presentation of the research program inspired by Noam Chomsky shows how the focus of theory and research in linguistics shifted from treating language as a disembodied, human-external entity to a human cognitive system embedded within the mind/brain of each individual.

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The Phonological Enterprise

by Mark Hale & Charles Reiss

This book scrutinizes recent work in phonological theory from the perspective of Chomskyan generative linguistics.