Handbook - Graduate

Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS)

COGS is in charge of the graduate programs in linguistics. Talk to COGS members if you have any questions or concerns related to the MA or PhD program (requirements, courses, admission, scholarships, etc.).

Graduate Studies Academic Assistant

Roxanne Lacelle (Grad. Academic Assistant) Office: DMS 8154

Ext: 1297 Email: gradlin@uOttawa.ca

See general personnel information here: arts.uottawa.ca/linguistics/about/personnel


1. Master's Program

Application to the master's program

Master's Program Requirements

Normally, students should complete the master's degree within 12 months. The program is intensive and involves six courses in addition to a major research paper. See requirements and details specified below:


Master's students supervision committees

From September 2013, all new students will have a supervision committee. The role of this committee is to:

a. Advise the student on academic and professional matters
b. Ensure that the amount of work required from students is comparable across disciplines
c. Foresee and prevent academic and/or supervisory problems and provide mediation if needed
d. Provide a forum where the student can discuss his/her progress and concerns to allow timely completion of the program

The composition of the committee
a. Two members, including the memoir supervisor and a member appointed by COGS.
b. The member appointed by COGS will advise the student from initial registration. The supervisor must be determined by February for students who start the program in September.

Frequency of meetings with students

Students should meet with a member of their committee at least once per month. This member will normally be the professor who supervises the major research paper. Discussion points for the meeting should be established in advance by both the student and the supervisor so that they are prepared for the meeting, and a paper record should be kept. At least one meeting per semester should be with the entire committee. This meeting should be organized as soon as a supervisor and a major research paper topic have been chosen.

Normal Sequence of Courses for the Master's program

Fall semester

Students take two of the three mandatory courses and one optional course. The courses on offer vary from year to year. See the Graduate Course Offering.

Winter semester

Students take one of the three mandatory courses and two optional courses. The courses on offer vary from year to year. See the Graduate Course Offering.

The three optional courses must belong to at least two of the following empirical subfields: bilingualism, experimental phonetics, first language acquisition, historical linguistics, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics.

Some new courses may not be easily classified in these categories. In doubt, contact the academic assistant or the chair of the Committee on Graduate Studies.

Summer semester

Students register for the research paper (LIN 7997) upon the completion of all courses. The research paper must be approved by two faculty members, one of whom also serves as the supervisor. The paper is graded S (satisfactory) or NS (not satisfactory).

Guidelines for the Master's major research paper

General description

The major research paper is expected to be of 40 to 50 pages in length. It consists of an informed and critical review of the existing literature, or original research (discussion of new data, original analysis of existing data, or more theoretically-oriented work). Whatever form is adopted for the paper, it must include some original contribution. This usually requires the submission of several drafts and considerable discussion with the supervisor. Therefore, work on the research paper should begin early enough in the academic year to permit drafts and revisions. The content and scope of the research paper must be discussed in a meeting with the entire committee before research is initiated (with the exception of preparatory research). Students should also remember that the final version of the research paper must be approved by a second reader, but not until the supervisor has approved it.


Linguistics and cross-appointed professors need not be members of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in order to supervise MA research papers. The same regulation applies to Readers. Professors in other academic units (e.g. Second Language Institute, psychology, education, etc.) may co-supervise your work.

Suggested timetable

The department recommends the following timetable as a general guideline for students and supervisors. Students who do not follow these guidelines should not expect to finish the program within 12 months. In planning for the major research paper, students should take into account the supervisor's and the reader's scheduled absence from campus, especially during the spring-summer session. Likewise, professors should make students aware of their plans to be away from campus or on holidays during the relevant period. MA students must inform the Faculty of Graduate Studies if they are absent for more than one month in a row or in total from the campus during the Summer term for which they will be registered.

September-December: The student should explore possible research paper topics and discuss them with professors, ideally following up with preliminary readings.

January-April: Work begins on the research paper during the winter session. By February, a student should have selected both the topic and the professor who will supervise the research paper. The supervisor chooses the reader. All parties must sign the LIN 7997 - MA Research Paper form, available at the Department Secretariat. The student meets with the supervisor as needed.

Beginning of May: The student establishes a work schedule with the supervisor based on previous work. The reader is notified of the schedule

Mid-May: Submission of the first draft to the supervisor.

Beginning of June: The supervisor returns the draft to the student with comments and suggestions for revisions.

End of June: Submission of a revised version to the supervisor.

Mid-July: The supervisor determines if a third draft is required. As soon as approval is granted, a copy of the paper is submitted to the reader.

End of July (if necessary): Submission of a third draft to the supervisor.cou

Beginning of August: Submission of draft to the reader.

August 28th: The supervisor, reader and Chair of graduate studies should now have signed the major research paper results form. The final copy of the paper, including all proposed corrections, should be submitted to the Department of Linguistics Academic Assistant in room Desmarais 8154. Any extension should be approved by the memoir supervisor and Chair of graduate studies. If the extension surpasses the deadline to enter final grades, which usually falls around September 4rd, the student will have to register again for the fall semester.

Timeline for Reading Major Research Papers

Supervisor: Drafts must be read within 2 weeks.

Reader: The reader must return comments and a final grade within 4 weeks.

Clarification: Supervisors are only required to re-read any submissions that have been significantly modified (more than 10% of the text, unless it is a quasi-final version). In order to facilitate the supervisors’ task, it is recommended that any modifications or additions to a previous draft be indicated by using a different font or different colour. Any drafts that are grammatically or stylistically inadequate may be returned to the student for revision. We strongly recommend that students and professors confirm receipt of documents and of comments, in order to maintain a detailed written record. It is also to be understood that, if a professor and a student agree on a date for the return of a document, but the document is submitted late by the student, the professor may have other obligations and be unable to meet the agreed deadline. It is recommended that professors who anticipate a particularly busy period fix timelines in writing with students, to be safe.

Master's Language Requirements

Candidates must have an adequate knowledge of English. Most of the courses are offered in English. Under the regulations of the University of Ottawa, examinations and assignments may be written in French or in English.


2. Ph.D Program

Application to the Ph.D Program follow the relevant links below


PhD Students Supervision Committees

From September 2013, all new students will have a supervision committee. The role of this committee is to:
a. Advise the student on academic and professional matters
b. Ensure that the amount of work required from students is comparable across disciplines
c. Foresee and prevent academic and/or supervisory problems and provide mediation if needed
d. Provide a forum where the student can discuss his/her progress and concerns to allow timely completion of the program

The composition of the committee
e. Three members, including a) one member appointed by COGS, b) the professor supervising the research paper on which the student is working (comp or thesis) or a second member appointed by COGS if no supervisor has yet been chosen.
f. The member appointed by COGS will advise the student from initial registration. Other members of the committee should be appointed by the end of the second semester.
g. If a student is not yet able to select a committee, COGS will appoint missing members.
h. The student is free to modify his/her committee to fit his/her needs (within the limits defined in a) and b), except the member appointed by COGS.

To ensure that the supervision committee is formed, all members must sign a committee form available in DMS8154.

Frequency of meetings with students:

Students should meet with a member of their committee at least once per month. This member will normally be the professor who supervises the main research project conducted by the student (qualifying paper, thesis). Discussion points for the meeting should be established in advance by both the student and the supervisor so that they are prepared for the meeting, and a paper record should be kept. At least one meeting per semester should be with the entire committee, organized as soon as possible.

PhD Students Annual Research Progress Report

At the end of each Winter semester, every student must complete an Annual Research Progress Report and have it signed by their thesis advisor and the chair of COGS. Permission to continue to register in the program depends on a satisfactory report. To avoid any delays, please submit your progress report at least one month before your deadline.
The Faculty of Graduate and Post-Graduate Studies, the Departmental Committee on Graduate Studies or the student’s supervisor may require the submission of a progress report at any time.

The form is available at: www.grad.uottawa.ca/Portals/29/forms/ESUP5189_e.pdf

PhD Program Requirements

The PhD requirements include:


A total of six courses with credits (18 credits in total) + one Pass or fail course. All students must take two of the following three courses (or approved equivalents):

- LIN 6315 Phonology II
- LIN 6317 Syntax II
- LIN 6318 Semantics II

All students must also take the LIN 8398 Doctoral Seminar. The doctoral seminar should (when possible) be taken in conjunction with the first comprehensive exam paper. The goal of this seminar is to provide doctoral students with professional and methodological tools required to conduct research in linguistics. Topics to be covered include the following: presentation of research results; poster preparation; techniques for writing abstracts, academic papers, and reviews; journal submission and review procedures; conference participation. Graded Pass/Fail.

All students will take four additional graduate courses, chosen in consultation with their advisor. All linguistics graduate courses fulfill this requirement, except those which are prerequisites to required doctoral courses (LIN 5315, LIN 5317, LIN 5318) and LIN 7997 which is specific to the MA program.

The Department may add to the courses selected by a student if this appears desirable given the student’s previous preparation. Students are informed of any additional requirements at the beginning of their studies.

N.B. Research courses and seminar courses may be repeated if the content of the course is different, but his must be approved by the Committee on Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Graduate and Post-Graduate Studies.

Comprehensive examination (more details below)

All students must satisfy a comprehensive examination requirement. The requirement consists of two substantial research papers each in a different field, selected in consultation with the student's advisory committee. The scope and content of the comprehensive exams must be discussed in a meeting with the full supervision committee before the research starts (excluding preparatory work).

Residence and Thesis (currently being revised by FGPS)

All students must spend a minimum of six sessions in residence and present a thesis incorporating the results of original research carried out under the supervision of a member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Language requirements

Candidates must have an adequate knowledge of English. Most of the courses are offered in English. Under the regulations of the University of Ottawa, examinations and assignments may be written in French or in English.
All students must pass two FLS (French as a second language) courses, unless:

  • they have completed their previous studies in French or have passed at least one university course in French (with the exception of language courses);
  • they pass, while in the PhD program, a university course in which all course requirements are completed in French (with the exception of language courses);
  • they successfully complete at least one of the two major papers for the qualifying examination in French;
  • they write their thesis in French; or
  • they obtain at least 4.5 on the TestCAN administered by the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute.

PhD Qualifying Exam Papers

Each student must successfully complete two qualifying exam papers in accordance with the procedures below.

Establishing a qualifying-exam committee

Students are responsible for finding a faculty member to chair their committee. The same professor may not serve as chair for both examinations. All linguistics and cross-appointed professors may supervise PhD qualifying papers. The chair alone is responsible for selecting a reader to help in the evaluation process. The chair also ensures the fairness of the review process. The reader is contacted directly by the chair and must formally agree to be a reader by signing the LIN 9998 Qualifying Examination Form, available from the graduate academic assistant at Desmarais 8154.

Topic approval

All students must write one qualifying paper in one of the following core areas: Formal Linguistics (i.e. four core areas: phonology, morphology, syntax or semantics). The areas and topics of the two qualifying papers must be different. They are selected by the student and subject to the advisor’s approval. Note that the content of a qualifying paper may not consist solely of a literature review; instead, it must reflect the student’s ability to critically evaluate previous research on the chosen topic and argue for new, original ideas. The topic must be approved as a qualifying exam paper in the usual manner, and the thesis must then be written into exam-paper length and circulated in the usual manner.

Before the student begins working on a qualifying paper, he or she must have a one-page abstract of the paper, detailing the intended topic, approved by the committee chair and by the Committee on Graduate Studies. Students who have started in September 2013 or after must also obtain approval form their Supervision Committee. Approval is formally granted once a signature appears on the "topic approval" line of the Qualifying Examination Form. At this stage, the chair presents the outline to potential readers, who must also signal their approval by signing the Qualifying Examination Form. Once the readers have approved the outline, they may not challenge it later. The student may elect to change topics, subject to approval by the committee chair. In this case, the approval procedure is repeated.

Feedback and revisions

1. During the write-up of the qualifying exam, the student must submit regular drafts to his/her supervisor. The supervisor must provide feedback within two weeks.

2. Once the qualifying exam supervisor deems that the circulated version is no longer a draft but is instead closer to a final version, he/she sends it to the reader. Only the chair may circulate a qualifying paper. Students are not entitled to do so.

3. Once the reader has received the final version, the committee has four weeks to evaluate the work and return comments to the student. The student receives feedback through his/her qualifying exam supervisor.

4. If the qualifying exam is accepted:

a. To ensure that committee members do not give the student conflicting requirements, the committee must agree as a whole on what revisions (if any) can reasonably be expected of the student. If there is significant disagreement between the reader and the supervisor, the chair refers the matter to the Committee on Graduate Studies. If revisions are necessary, the Chair conveys the committee’s expectations to the student on one to two typewritten pages. If revisions are necessary, the Chair conveys the committee’s expectations to the student on one to two typewritten pages. The chair must make sure that all revisions required by the committee have been made.

b. When the supervisor and the reader deem the work acceptable, they must sign the qualifying exam form.

5. A qualifying paper may be sent back to the committee no more than two times. If a third round of revisions appears necessary, the paper is deemed unacceptable and the student fails. In case of failure, the student can repeat the qualifying exam once, but must do so in a different area.


The first qualifying paper must be completed and approved by the Committee within 16 months of initial registration in the program as a full-time student, 22 months if additional MA courses (Phonology I, Syntax I et Semantics I) have been required upon admission.

The second qualifying paper must be completed and approved by the Committee no later than 8 months after the completion of the first qualifying paper.

For students who started the program in or after September 2013: Unless there are exceptional circumstances, a delay in the completion of a qualifying exam will automatically cause a negative annual progress report. Please note that policies have changed. Do not base yourselves on policies in place for previous cohorts.

Doctoral Thesis


All students must spend a minimum of six sessions in residence and present a thesis incorporating the results of original research carried out under the supervision of a member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Thesis proposal

After completing the qualifying examinations, and before they begin substantial work on their thesis, students must have their thesis proposal approved by the Department. Students who started after since September 2013 must submit their thesis proposal no later than three months after completing the qualifying examinations in order to avoid a negative progress report. The recommended length for a doctoral thesis proposal is 10 pages. A copy of the proposal goes to the supervisor who must approve it. The supervisor chooses a reader who will have to approve the thesis proposal. The reader must be approved by the Committee on Graduate Studies. For students who started in or after September 2013, the topic must also be approved by the Supervision Committee. The supervisor and the reader must sign the relevant form and return it to the Department within two weeks of the reception of the proposal. The thesis supervisor discusses comments made on the thesis proposal with the candidate.

Thesis committee selection

The internal members of the thesis committee are chosen when the thesis proposal is prepared, and they participate in all stages of the thesis preparation. All linguistics and cross-appointed professors who are members of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies may supervise PhD theses and serve on committees. Professors in other academic units may also co-supervise a thesis (e.g. Second Language Institute, psychology, education, etc.)

Registration during Thesis preparation

Students must register for LIN 9999 during each session while writing their thesis.

For more information on research and thesis preparation:

Guide: www.grad.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=1373

Regulations: www.grad.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=1807&monControl=Theses

Dissemination of Student Work

Presentation of Student Work at Conferences

Students are encouraged to present their work once or twice a year, depending of their progress in the program. Students are strongly advised to consult their advisors (the Chair of COGS for new students) before submitting an abstract to a conference or accepting an invitation to present their work. Before presenting their work, students must discuss the content of their presentation/poster with their supervisor or the professor supervising the research to be presented. The professor will help not only with the content of the paper, but also with the presentation format (handout, Powerpoint presentation, etc.). Failure to inform one’s supervisor of participation in a conference or of an invited talk is a serious violation of the normal expectations underlying academic supervision.

Publication in Scholarly Journals

PhD students are strongly encouraged to submit their work for publication in scholarly journals. A student finishing the PhD program should normally have two publications by the time of completing the thesis. Since there is a lot of variation in publication norms across subfields, it is recommended to discuss publication practices with the Supervision Committee and the Supervisor.

Abilities required to succeed in our graduate programs

Specific program requirements for the MA and PhD are to be found in the text above. Below is a series of essential general skills that by common practice are standardly required of graduate students in academic programs.

In order to be able to successfully complete an MA or PhD in linguistics, students must be able to:

  • Read, understand and summarize in a critical fashion the scientific literature in linguistics;
  • Evaluate the scope of what is known within a specific subdiscipline in linguistics;
  • Communicate clearly orally and in writing; this includes the ability to structure an argument and target the correct level of specialization for the relevant audience;
  • Understand, assimilate and integrate criticisms and comments from peers and professors;
  • Apply linguistic theories and methodologies to new empirical domains or research questions;
  • Define research questions with a scope that is appropriate to the different types of research activities;
  • Organize their work, negotiate deadlines with team members and professors in a realistic manner and respect deadlines;
  • Understand and manage administrative constraints.

In addition, to succeed in a PhD program, students must be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of debated and developments in progress in their field of research;
  • Master technical and experimental skills needed for their field of research
  • Demonstrate their ability to disseminate their research results in national and international forums, as is demonstrated by high-quality comprehensive exams


3. Courses and Registration


The chair of the Committee on Graduate Studies, your Supervision Committee (if you started in or after September 2013) and/or your supervisor will assist you with the selection of your courses and go over your degree requirements. You must then log on to Rabaska and enroll for your courses.
Do not forget that you must register every semester. Enrolling in courses and registering for a term are two different things. Do not forget to register even if you are not enrolled in any courses. Students are responsible for verifying their confirmation of registration, which is available via Web-based Student Services at www.uottawa.ca/en/students. Any error should immediately be brought to the attention of Marc Brunelle, Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee.

Selecting and enroling in courses

You must register your courses online through Rabaska, accessible via UOzone/Rabaska www.uottawa.ca/en/students. If for whatever reason you are unable to do so, you must fill out a registration form and drop it off with the academic assistant (Suzanne Dalrymple, Desmarais 8154). Registration forms are available at the secretariat or online at the following link: www.grad.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=2276
Please note that students are not allowed to take more than two cross-coded courses as part of their course load. This is relevant for both the MA and PhD degrees.
If the courses approved by your supervisor are not part of the regular requirements of your program you will have to fill out the course substitution request, have it signed by your supervisor and the chair of COGS and bring it back to the academic assistant who will be able to forward the information to the FGPS. You will not be able to register for courses that fall outside the regular requirements of your program through Rabaska, you will have to fill out a registration form with your academic assistant.
Students should check the date by which they should be registered on the sessional calendar www.uottawa.ca/important-academic-dates-and-deadlines/. The date changes every year.

Adding and dropping courses

You can add or drop courses via Rabaska. Again, if this is not possible, you may have the academic assistant register your course manually by filling out a registration form.

Auditing Courses

It is possible to audit courses. You must obtain a form from the academic assistant, have the professor whose course you intend to audit sign it and bring it back to the academic assistant. As an auditor, you will not receive a grade for the course, but the course will appear on your grade report with AUD beside it. It is important to note that these courses cannot count towards the requirements of your program (i.e. they cannot be taken instead of courses for credit). Please also note that auditors are subject to the attendance requirements set for the course. You cannot register as an auditor through Rabaska.

Out-of-Program- Courses

You may take courses in other departments. Please see the program director if you wish to do so. In any given session, graduate students may, while enrolled in a program, register for a maximum of two courses (six credits) not required for their program, provided they have the approval of their academic unit and the FGPS. These courses are identified as "out-of-program" at registration and cannot subsequently be credited towards the program. Additional fees apply.

Leaves of absence

A leave of absence is granted only for serious reasons such as a serious illness, financial difficulty, occupational or family obligations. It is understood that the student will be totally inactive with respect to his/her studies during the period of leave. The granting of a leave does not imply permission to extend completion of degree requirements beyond the time limits stated in the calendar of the FGPS. Also, admission scholarships are not automatically deferred with a leave of absence. Only in cases of medical leaves or maternity leaves can the scholarship be deferred. The request for leave should be submitted to your academic assistant ideally a month before the end of the current semester. Click on the following link to access the form: www.grad.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=2276

Time Limits and Extensions

A candidate for the master's degree must complete all degree requirements within four years of the date of initial registration in the master's program. A candidate for the doctoral degree must submit the thesis within six years of the date of initial registration in the doctoral program.

If you think you won’t be finishing your program within the allowed time limits, you must request an extension of the time limit to complete your requirements. Requests for extension must be submitted to your academic assistant 1 month before the end of the time limit. A detailed timeline of how you will reach you new deadline must be attached to the request for an extension. The request for extension form should be handed in to your academic assistant already signed by your supervisor and the chair of graduate studies. Click on the following link to access the form: www.grad.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=2276


4. Course Offerings for 2021-2022

Note: You can go to www.timetable.uottawa.ca or talk to individual professors to get more information on course offerings and schedules.

It is possible under certain circumstances to take advanced undergraduate courses for credit. If you are considering this option, discuss it with your committee and get it approved by the Committee on Graduate Studies.

Session Course Code Professor Title
Fall LIN 4326 / LIN 6302 Suzy Ahn Speech acoustics 
Fall LIN 4372 / LIN 7331 Andrés Salanova Linguistic analysis of an unfamiliar language
Fall LIN 5304 Tania Zamuner Psycholinguistics I
Fall LIN 5317 Andrés Salanova Syntax I
Fall LIN 5318 Andrés Salanova Semantics I
Fall LIN 8398 Éric Mathieu Doctoral seminar
Winter LIN 4325 / LIN 6301 Suzy Ahn Speech production
Winter LIN 4391 / LIN 7310 Suzy Ahn Topics in linguistics I
Winter LIN 4726 / LIN 6702 Marc Brunelle Acoustique de la parole
Winter LIN 5303 Shana Poplack Sociolinguistics I
Winter LIN 5315 Marc Brunelle Phonology I
Winter LIN 6318 Andrés Salanova Semantics II
Winter LIN 7301 Laura Sabourin Statistics for linguistics research
Winter LIN 7320 Laura Sabourin Second language acquisition I


5. Grades

An electronic grade report is issued via uOZone at the end of each semester. It includes all courses and registered activities for the semester. Grades are always recorded as “letter grades”, unless specified otherwise on the FGPS website. The scale is as follows:

A+ 90-100% 10 points
A 85-89% 9 points
A- 80-84% 8 points
B+ 75-79% 7 points
B 70-74% 6 points
C+ 65-69% 5 points
Toute note inférieure à C+ constitue un échec au niveau des études supérieures.
C 60-64% 4 points
D+ 55-59% 3 points
D 50-54% 2 points
E 40-49% 1 points
F 0-39% 0 points

Comprehensive examinations, theses, research papers, practica, and field work are usually graded Satisfactory (S) or Not Satisfactory (NS).

DFR (deferred): is used when the appropriate authority considers that for a valid reason a student has not completed the requirements of a course (please refer to Deferred Evaluation).

EIN (incomplete): is used when at least one of the elements of evaluation specified as compulsory has not been provided. This symbol is equivalent to a failing grade (F).

ABS (absent, no work submitted): used when a student has not attended the course and has not informed the University thereof in writing, within the time limits. This symbol is equivalent to a failing grade (F).

DR (drop): used when students have informed the faculty within the time limits specified under sessional dates that they have dropped a course.

NNR (mark not received by the Faculty): used when no mark has been received by the Faculty in time for the printing of the reports.

CTN (continuing): used for activities which continue during the following session.

AUD (auditor): used when a student has registered to audit a course.

S (satisfactory): used to indicate that a student has passed the proficiency test in the second language, or certain activities such as field work, seminars, internships, comprehensive examinations, major papers, theses or other activities.

NS (not satisfactory): used to indicate that a student has failed the proficiency test in the second language, or certain activities such as field work, seminars, internships, comprehensive examinations, major papers, theses or other activities.


To order a transcript, you must order through Docunet via UOZone or in person at Infoservice. The department can no longer order free transcripts for external scholarship applications.



6. Life in the department


Each student will be assigned an office by COGS at the beginning of the academic year. See the chair of COGS if you have questions or comments regarding offices. 

Mail distribution

You will be assigned a mailbox in the department. The mailroom is located in room 452. You need to know the door code in order to have access to your mailbox. Please see  Donna Desbiens or any of your colleagues in order to get the code. Please be sure to drop by the mailroom regularly to pick up your mail.

Lunch room and salon Monet

Students have access to Salon Monet and all its facilities (ask Donna Desbiens for the code – we ask that you keep the code confidential). They are asked to keep the place clean. However, students should not use the big fridge in Salon Monet but the small one (the one with the microwave on top). 


The Graduate Student Association serves the interests of graduate students in the department and represents them through the departmental assembly and various committees. In addition, the association is a member of the Graduate Student Association of the University of Ottawa. The association comprises all graduate students in the Linguistics Department. A president and secretary-treasurer are elected each year at the beginning of October. The association meets monthly to discuss the needs and concerns of graduate students. The association is active year-round, including during the summer semester. Among its many activities, the association is responsible for the publication of CLO: Cahiers linguistiques d'Ottawa. Website: http://artsites.uottawa.ca/adlinga/?lang=en

Ottawa papers in linguistics

Cahiers linguistiques d'Ottawa is a bilingual (English-French) peer-reviewed working papers series published by the Department of Linguistics of the University of Ottawa. CLO appears once a year, although special issues on specific topics appear at various times. The basic purpose of the series is to disseminate new research in theoretical and empirical linguistics. Contributors include students and faculty members working in a variety of areas
of language sciences both in Canada and abroad. Website: http://aix1.uottawa.ca/~clo/

Department newsletter

The Department of Linguistics has an online newsletter “Hiatus” that includes information about research activities of members of the Department, upcoming conferences, linguistic events, etc. Department members are encouraged to share their news. Website: http://artsites.uottawa.ca/hiatus/

Linguistic research

The Department of Linguistics houses facilities for researchers and teachers in the department. Equipment for recording, acoustic analysis, articulatory analysis, perceptual study and class demonstration is available. Recording equipment includes two soundtreated  studios, as well as equipment for analogue and digital sound recording. Portable equipment is available for fieldwork. Both PC and Macintosh computing environments are
available for data analysis, stimulus presentation and data acquisition (with licenses for state-of-the-art software). Software and hardware equipment and demonstration equipment are available to create pedagogical materials. Other equipment includes CD burners and a scanner. There are a number of workstations in several rooms, allowing simultaneous and independent work. Facilities are available to department professors and students for research or class demonstration purposes. The technical officer is available to help with research or pedagogical technical matters. 

Business hours: By appointment 

Technician: Maurice Bélanger (Tel : 613-562-5800 ext. 1121 Email: labling@uottawa.ca

Sound patterns laboratory (SMD 333C)

In the Sound Patterns Laboratory (funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation), we use various phonetic techniques to study speech production and perception, to increase our understanding of the sound patterns, and more generally, the role that phonetic and other factors play in shaping the sound systems of languages. The SPL houses a soundproof booth, ultrasound and electropalatography equipment for visualizing and recording
tongue movement, equipment for measuring oral and nasal airflow, and an electroglottograph for recording vocal fold activity. The lab also contains audio and video recording equipment and several Mac-, Windows- and Linux-based computers for data analysis and perception and production experiments. The research conducted in the laboratory not only bears on English, French, but also on any other language of interest to researchers and students.

Director: Marc Brunelle (ARTS429, marc.brunelle@uottawa.ca)

Centre for child language research (SMD 333D)

At the CCLR, Prof Zamuner and her students explore the early comprehension and production of language. Their research aims to further our understanding of child’s language development, while investigating parallel issues in adult language processing. The lab provides training for undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, working towards enthusiasm for outstanding research, critical thinking and collaboration. 

The Centre is equipped with an Eyelink 1000, remote eyetracking system, which provides precise, on-line measurements of language processing. The Centre also has video and audio equipment, for data collection and analysis of children’s language development. 

Director: Tania Zamuner (Simard 333D)

ERP linguistics lab (MHN 408) 

The focus of the research conducted in the BALL is to investigate all aspects of online language processing. To undertake this issue the laboratory facilities include three behavioural/RT testing rooms and one ERP equipped testing room. In addition there are workstations available for data analysis and stimuli/experiment preparation. Some of the programs that are available are DMDX, Presentation, PsyScope, MatLAB, NeuroScan, PRAAT, Data Desk and SPSS.

Director: Laura Sabourin (MHN 439)

Sociolinguistics laboratory (MHN 403)

The Sociolinguistics Laboratory is devoted to the study of spontaneous speech in its social context, with special emphasis on the mechanisms of language change, both internal and contact-induced. In addition to a major focus on the structure and use of Canada's official languages, as well as the interaction between them in Quebec and Ontario, other bilingual and bi-dialectal contexts investigated at the Lab include Tamil/English, Fongbe/French, Wolof/French, Ukrainian/English, Igbo/English, Nigerian Pidgin English, Finnish/English and African American English in the diaspora. Holdings include thousands of hours of audio tapes, and associated transcripts and concordances. Visit us at ART 402 and www.sociolinguistics.uottawa.ca!

Director: Shana Poplack (Arts 422), X1764, spoplack@uottawa.ca Research coordinator: Nathalie Dion (Arts 403), X1184, ndio2@uottawa.ca

Hours: 10 – 5 most days, or by appointment.

Syntax-semantics laboratory (MHN 415)

The Syntax-Semantics Lab is a collection of students and faculty members at the University of Ottawa, dedicated to research into all aspects of natural language syntax and semantics. We work on a wide variety of languages, including various Romance and Germanic languages (both present-day and historical varieties), Slavic languages, Ojibwe, and Mebengokre, and on topics ranging from word structure and phrase structure to formal and cognitive semantics. A list of regular participants and their interests is here http://artsites.uottawa.ca/synsem/en/members/

The group meets approximately every two weeks during the semester, to exchange ideas, present original research, prepare for conferences, and discuss recent papers. You can find plans for upcoming meetings here
http://artsites.uottawa.ca/synsem/en/category/meetings/, and a list of past meetings here http://artsites.uottawa.ca/synsem/en/past-meetings/.

If you have any questions, or would like to be involved, don¹t hesitate to contact one of our coordinators, Saleh AlQahtani salqa033@uottawa.ca, Paul Melchin paulmelchin.5@hotmail.com, or Tharanga Weerasooriya wweer091@uottawa.ca

Colloquium series

The Colloquium Committee is in charge of organizing talks by invited speakers in the Linguistics Department (followed by a reception in Salon Monet). The objective is to organize 3 or 4 talks per semester with prominent scholars in the field, who are involved in current theoretical debates. The Colloquium Series is an important part of the intellectual life of our department. It allows us to interact with leading researchers in other departments in the sharing of research results, and let others know about the work we are doing here. Faculty and students are expected to attend the talks, even those not in their area of specialization. If you have ideas about possible speakers, please contact members of the committee.

Reading groups

The Syntax/Semantics Reading Group

The group meets every two weeks during term time. We discuss recent articles in syntax and semantics in an informal fashion. Sometimes we have guest speakers that visit Ottawa. Everyone is welcome! The contact person is: Tharanga Weerasooriya wweer091@uottawa.ca


The Ottawa-Carleton Phonology discussion group brings together people from Ottawa and Carleton who are interested in phonology, phonetics, and related areas. Meetings are held up to once a week to discuss readings and for members to present their current research. If you are interested, sign up for the mailing list by sending a message to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.UOTTAWA.CA with the content "subscribe phonottawa-l", or
contact Marc Brunelle.


The Sociolinguistics Research Group is an informal forum for sociolinguists and other interested parties to discuss issues arising from their own ongoing research in connection with comps, memoires, dissertations, conference presentations, etc. Other activities typically include mock conference rehearsals, conference post-mortems, and occasional guest speakers. We’re always open to suggestions. Everyone is welcome! To join the mailing list, send a message to sociolx@uottawa.ca or contact Stephen Levey slevey@uottawa



7. Services on campus


Most of the services offered by the university are available through the web. It is through UOZone that you will manage much of your administrative business. You can rely on UOZone to check your student account, update your address, get your grade report, make sure you are registered, check your schedule, manage your computer and email accounts (e.g. change your password, etc.), get your tax forms, etc.

Student identification card

You can obtain you student ID card at InfoService located in Tabaret (the building right in front of the Arts building) after you have registered. This card serves as your library and gym card. It is a picture ID, so keep that in mind ;) Your student ID card is valid for the duration of studies and will be renewed automatically every time you register. The first one is free, but you will be charged an administration fee of $25 to replace it in case it gets lost or damaged. http://www.uottawa.ca/uottawacard/

University of ottawa email address

You will receive information on how to activate your e-mail account in your offer of admission. Please consult the following link if you are having any trouble logging in: http://www.ccs.uottawa.ca/email/

Computer and internet access

You may have access to the University of Ottawa’s web site, your University of Ottawa’s email account and InforWeb account in any of the several computer labs available in most buildings on campus. Please consult the following link for a map of all computer labs on campus: http://www.ccs.uottawa.ca/students/labs/


Graduate students automatically get extended loan privileges. When you sign out a book, you are guaranteed to have it for a minimum of 28 days, even if someone puts a hold on it. You can keep it for a longer period of time (undetermined) if the book is not requested by anyone else. You may also take out “old” periodicals for 2 days and current ones for 1 day. You will find most linguistics books in the Morisset Library.

The library offers an interlibrary loan service. You can order a book or journal article online or in person on the 1st floor of Morisset Library. 

How to submit an interlibrary loan: https://biblio.uottawa.ca/en/use-library/borrow-other-libraries/how-submit-interlibrary-loan-request

As a University of Ottawa student, you also have access to the library at Carleton University. Make sure you check there before ordering a document though the interlibrary loan services.


The seminar room in 420 is equipped with an overhead projector (OHP). If you require the use of a TV/VCR, OHP, computer equipment (e.g. for a powerpoint presentation) or a recorder for a class presentation or project you should speak to your professor (in advance). You can also contact the Multimedia Distribution Service (562-5900, Morisset 014) if you have questions regarding multimedia equipment loans. Make sure you do not leave the equipment unattended as you will be held responsible should it get stolen or damaged.


Graduate students are allowed to print in the departmental copy room. Please contact Donna Desbiens (ARTS401) to obtain your password for the copier and to know what the page allocation will be this year. You will also find copiers at various locations on campus (e.g. basement of Simard Hall, Tabaret, etc.). Purchase and refill your copy card at one of these locations on campus: http://www.uottawa.ca/print/


The International Office organizes orientation sessions for international students in early September and January every year. Participation in at least one of these sessions is MANDATORY. You will find out about essential student services, receive information on procedures to follow for the renewal of your immigration documentation, and receive general information regarding integration into life in Ottawa. Please consult the pre-arrival guide for international students for any further information: http://international.uottawa.ca/

8. Financial Matters


If you have been offered an assistantship, you should see the Administrative Officer (room 448) to sign your contract. You should bring a VOID cheque with you. Please do so as soon as possible in order to avoid any delay in the payment of your assistantship.


Each year, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies holds information sessions regarding scholarships and awards. Make sure to attend one of them as it is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more on about which scholarships to apply to and the deadlines to follow. Note that for students admitted to the PhD in fall 2011 and fall 2012, you must apply for external scholarships if you have been offered an entrance scholarship.

Please consult the following link for updates on deadlines for applying and information sessions: http://www.grad.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=1458

Information about the Ontario student loan program (OSAP) can be found at the following address: http://osap.gov.on.ca/


Please consult the following links for travel funding opportunities: 

CUPE Conference Travel Funds (see page 63-65 of the collective agreement): http://www.rh.uottawa.ca/fichiers/conventions/CUPE/2010-2013/cupe-2010-2013.pdf

Other funding opportunities for graduate students: http://www.grad.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=1458


You can pay your tuition fees online (online banking or www.telpay.ca), in person (at a bank) or by phone. You can also pay by bank transfer if you live outside of Canada (there is usually a fee for that).

For every semester, the deadline to avoid paying late fees for the payment of your tuition fees changes. You should check that date. Make sure you check the deadlines at the following link: http://www.registrar.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=2671. It is your responsibility to check that date. Invoices are no longer sent by mail, you must consult you UOZone account to check your online statement of account.


9. Important websites and telephone numbers


From the main web site you can have quick access to various useful sites such as those of UOZone and the libraries by clicking on the tabs on the lower left side of the screen

You can visit this web site to learn more about Graduate regulations, scholarships, financial support, payment of tuition fees, UHIP (health insurance for international students), sessional dates, convocation, etc.

This website provides useful information regarding upcoming events in the departments, talks, and contact information for currents students, important announcements and photo albums from past events. 

You can find information about the health plan, the various services offered by the graduate students association and about Café Nostalgica, the graduate student pub.

Telephone numbers

  • University of Ottawa Switchboard: (613) 562-5800
  • University of Ottawa Security Services: Emergencies: (613) 562-5411 Information: (613) 562-5499

Why you shouldn’t dial 911 in case of a campus emergency

Protection Services officers are trained in first aid, have a defibrillator, and know the campus thoroughly. They can respond to an emergency call much more quickly, and are able to assess the severity of the emergency and communicate the information effectively to the emergency services. An officer is always available to accompany the emergency services on campus to ensure that they find the location quickly.

  • University of Ottawa Foot Patrol: (613) 562-5800, ext. 7433

Useful if you are working late on campus. For more details, go to http://www.protection.uottawa.ca/en/foot-patrol.html

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