Graduate program

Admission requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum entrance requirements set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Graduate programs in Linguistics also have specific requirements, found at the program pages above.

Academic reading and working groups

Explore the research, academic reading and working groups advancing the field of linguistics.

The University of Calgary phonetics/phonology reading group has begun its meetings! The first meeting was held on May 8, via Zoom. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Steve Winters at to be added to the mailing list for the group.”

The goals of the Psycholinguistics Lab Group are to gain a deeper understanding of current psycholinguistic research and to inform future work. We are especially interested in research involving adult native speakers and second language learners. The group, which consists of graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty members, and other interested researchers, meets every second Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Laboratory for Interactive Psycholinguistics (Craigie Hall D506).

To find out when during the semester the group will meet, please contact Mary O'Brien (

One of the areas that we are reaching critical mass in is in Syntax, but you cannot be at your best without discussing the contemporary issues with your colleagues. The Syntactic Reading Group is here for you to read and discuss current topics in this sub-discipline stemming from the interests of the group members. Trying to figure out how to apply external research to your own? Want help looking for that fatal flaw in an article you need to cite? Or perhaps you just want to see if some of your interpretations of an article are on the right track – that’s exactly what this group is for.

To be added to the mailing list (so we can pick dates/times/articles), please contact Joseph Windsor (

For information, contact Joey Windsor ( The working group will look at recent Blackfoot elicitations, discuss questions arising from working with speakers of the language, and work through the chapters and questions in the Blackfoot Grammar (Frantz 2009) in order to develop a better understanding of this local Aboriginal Language.

The Cercle Benveniste started in 2013 as an informal linguistics club. It’s now an officially recognized research group that hosts a forum of discussion, open to anyone (colleagues as well as students) interested in linguistics. All are invited to come, brainstorm, debate and exchange ideas about any aspect, subject or topic related to language science.

Our plan in the Vendler group is to read a variety of articles of different aspects of plurals and mass nouns, in order to grasp the challenges they present. Our investigations will culminate in hosting two visiting speakers: one who is primarily a linguist and the other is primarily a philosopher. Over the past several years, the group has been extraordinarily successful in generating interdisciplinary discussion, and we have good reason to think that this will continue.

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