Trinity Western University

Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL)

Dr. Michael Walrod, President

Since 1985, Trinity Western has been the site for the Canada Institute of Linguistics (affiliated with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International). CanIL offers a summer session each year for nine weeks starting in mid-June. It is also possible to take entry-level and advanced courses in the summer, fall, and spring semesters.

The courses of the Canada Institute of Linguistics are designed to teach skills necessary for learning and describing unwritten languages for literacy work and for translation. The courses deal with the general principles basic to all languages. These principles are illustrated by material from languages of Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. The qualified graduate is prepared to face any language, even though there may not be any literature written in or about it. This program parallels SIL courses taught presently in Australia, England, Germany, Japan, and the United States, but TWU’s training offers unique and attractive innovations.

The following are CanIL’s undergraduate course offerings (the 200 and 300 level courses function as prerequisites for the 400 level courses):

LING 101 Introduction to Linguistics
LING 210 Language and Society (2 sem. hrs.)
LING 310 Articulatory Phonetics
LING 330 Phonological Analysis
LING 360 Grammatical Analysis (5 sem. hrs.) (offered only in the Summer session)
OR LING 361/362
LING 361 Morphology (FA)
LING 362 Syntax (SP)
LING 365 Introduction to Language and Culture Learning
LING 460 Syntax and Semantics
LING 470 Language and Culture Acquisition
LING 480 Field Methods: Data Management and Analysis
LING 481 Anthropological Linguistics: Ethnography
LING 482 Issues in Community Literacy
LING 483 Language Program Design and Management
LING 484 Principles of Literacy
LING 485 Principles of Translation
LING 486 Advanced Phonological Analysis
LING 490 Special Topics in Linguistics
LING 491 Discourse Analysis
LING 499 Philosophy of Language
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