Faculty and Staff List

E. Atkinson, B.A., M.S., M.A., Ph.D.
B. Beekhuizen, B.A., M.A., Ph. D.
D. Denis, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
A. Kahnemuyipour, B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.
E. Nikiema, L.èsL., M.èsL., M.A., Ph.D.
A. Ozburn, B.Math, M.A., Ph.D.
M. Pirvulescu, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
K. Rehner, B.A., B.Ed, TEIL, M.Ed, Ph.D.
J. Schertz, B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D.
J. Steele, B.A. (Hons.), M.A., Ph.D.
A. Taleghani, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
A. Taniguchi, B.A., M.A., Ph.D
M. Troberg, B.A., B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Language Studies
Professor Emmanuel Nikiema
Maanjiwe nendamowinan, Room 4110

Program Co-ordinator - Linguistics
Maanjiwe nendamowinan, Room 4154

Academic Advisor and Undergraduate Program Administrator
Rosa Ciantar
Maanjiwe nendamowinan, Room 4186


Why does "blick" sound like it could be a word in English but "bnick" does not? Are young people really destroying language? Why is Siri bad at understanding different accents and the speech of young children? Can the structures of all of the languages of the world be explained by a universal set of abstract operations? How can young children acquire languages so effortlessly, while it is often very difficult to learn a second language as an adult?

These are just some of the questions that you might encounter in a linguistics course. Linguistics is the scientific study of language, and the field is very broad, encompassing topics such as the internal structure of language, how infants and adults learn language(s), how language is used to express identity, and commonalities and differences among speakers of the world.

The linguistics programs at UTM provide a solid foundation in the core theoretical fields of linguistics, covering the structure of sounds, words, sentences, and meaning, as well as a wide selection of courses in areas such as language variation and change, experimental linguistics, first and second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, language teaching and learning, and computational linguistics.

Along with providing a foundation for future research and graduate studies in linguistics, the specific knowledge and skills acquired in linguistics courses can be relevant to diverse career paths, including the following:

  • education (language teaching, teacher education, or educational research)
  • clinical applications (audiology, speech therapy)
  • language preservation and documentation
  • communications (publishing, advertising, marketing/branding)
  • language technology (speech recognition, natural language processing, computer mediated language learning)

Students should also review the Degree Requirements section prior to selecting courses