Our BA in Linguistics will give you a strong understanding of the essential building blocks of the human language: structure (syntax), sound (phonetics and phonology) and meaning (semantics), along with a grounding in sociolinguistics (for example, differences between region, class, gender) and the variations of language. You’re free to choose from a variety of modules in your second year, such as psycholinguistics, language acquisition and the acoustic analysis of speech. You’ll develop the practical skill of transcribing languages using the International Phonetic Alphabet, and master qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methods to prepare you for your final year dissertation. You’ll undertake original data analysis for your dissertation, focusing on an area of linguistics that interests you most: you could examine bilingual brain behaviour, investigate communication disorders and speech therapy, or work with a native speaker of an endangered language.
Linguistics is the study of language — not so much a specific language, but of the system of language and the way in which humans communicate. Topics integral to linguistics include the physiology of language (the ways in which humans produce and perceive language), its physical properties (the nature of speech sounds), the roles that it plays in determining cultural and social categories, the relationship between language and thought, the underlying manner in which sentences are structured (syntax), the way language conveys meaning (semantics), and the manner in which other systems may imitate natural languages (such as artificial intelligence). Thus linguistics examines a broad range of phenomena from such disciplines as philosophy (especially logic, epistemology, and the philosophy of science), psychology (specifically cognitive science), anthropology, sociology, literary theory, neuroscience, computing, and both modern and ancient languages. Problems studied by linguists range from the history and relationship of languages to the nature of metaphor and the adequacy of artificial language to convey human thought. As is evident from this handful of examples, linguistics is both an independent discipline and an important area of specialization.
The Linguistics Program is intended to acquaint students with the methods and findings of the scientific study of human language and its relationships to cognition, society, and history. It serves as a preparation for graduate training in linguistics or related areas, and as part of a rigorous general education. Linguistic training is relevant to work in anthropology, philosophy, psychology, and language and literature, as well as to careers in such fields as education, computer science and law. Founded by Zellig Harris in 1947, the Penn Linguistics Department is the oldest modern linguistics department in the United States. We have outstanding programs in the core disciplines of syntax and phonology, as well as in sociolinguistics, semantics, discourse, historical linguistics,phonetics, and psycholinguistics. An exceptional source of strength is the presence of the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science (IRCS) at Penn. Penn is also the home of the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC), a compiler and distributor of linguistic materials for language engineering research. The graduate group in Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania is an interdisciplinary team of faculty from the Department of Linguistics and related departments. Our program has strong concentrations in several areas and a tradition of collaboration among its faculty.
Linguistics is about how we acquire languages, how we use them, and how they work. Portable skills you can acquire by studying Linguistics include: how to construct logical arguments; how to achieve solutions to complex problems using clear, concise, coherent reasoning; inferencing strategies; how to improve your focus; and teamwork.The Linguistics program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a minor and certificates in First Nations language proficiency and in teaching ESL linguistics as well as a major.
The Department of Linguistics offers individualized and flexible graduate programs leading to both the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
As a linguistics major, you’ll explore the fascinating phenomenon of human language. Through your coursework you’ll learn how language is structured, acquired and used in social interactions. You’ll also learn how language changes over time or how it can be modeled computationally. Coursework for the major includes foundation and core courses, leaving you the flexibility to develop programs of study that focus on your areas of special interest. Linguistics combines well with language study and related fields such as philosophy, psychology, computer science and anthropology.
Because language is a window into the mind. Linguistics provides an understanding of the human capacity to acquire, perceive, and produce language and of language’s role in contemporary society. The Linguistics Department at KU offers a full range of degrees: B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. The first linguistics courses at KU were offered in 1957. In 1968, Linguistics became a department and was authorized to offer a Ph.D. degree. Today, the unique strength of the Linguistics department is the systematic pairing of theoretical and experimental investigations of linguistic knowledge. Its nucleus of full-time faculty members in Linguistics, plus several actively involved faculty members in other departments, serves a student body of about 35 graduate students, 80 undergraduate majors, and many non-majors taking introductory and intermediate courses each semester.
The Department of Linguistics offers course work leading to the Master of Arts in Linguistics with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)/Applied Linguistics. The Interdepartmental Concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies is available to students in this program.
ENGL 3110 Survey of Linguistics 3 ENGL 4140 Language Variation 3 ENGL 4150 Topics in Language Study 3 ENGL 5410 History of the English Language 3 Select one of the following: 3 ENGL 3040 Technical Writing ENGL 4160 Technology, Literacy, and Culture ENGL 5840 Approaches to English Grammar Total Hours: 15 Students must earn a "C" or better in all minor courses
Rice linguists are interested in the study of language use, with the ultimate aim of answering the question: What are the cognitive underpinnings of language structure, use and understanding? Our students view language in its cognitive, social, cultural and physical context, exploring such questions as: What are the cognitive, articulatory, and social-interactive factors that shape human language in general and natural languages in particular? How do languages organize, form and express human knowledge and thought? How do the patterns of language reveal properties of the human mind?
Linguistics is the study of the distinctive properties of human language and the cognitive capacities of language users, including the rules that govern the patterns of particular languages and universal principles governing all languages. Linguists investigate the grammatical principles and processes that determine the structure of human languages, their evolution over time, and their psychological underpinnings.
The Department of Linguistics is home to one of the oldest and most distinguished linguistics programs in the United States. Harvard began offering higher degrees in “comparative philology,” as historical linguistics was then called, as early as the 1930s. By 1941, Harvard had a full-fledged Department of Comparative Philology, which became the Department of Linguistics a decade later. The department experienced rapid growth in the 1960s, with the advent of transformational-generative grammar. We became the first linguistics department in the Ivy League to organize its program along generative lines, while also maintaining our traditional strength in historical linguistics. Now, as then, the department fosters a culture of unity in diversity. Our students and faculty come from many different backgrounds and represent a wide range of interests, from purely theoretical to typological, historical, and experimental. What we share is a commitment to empirically grounded research and a respect for the rich traditions of the field. The study of linguistics at Harvard draws much of its strength from the unique range and depth of the University's offerings in related fields, especially ancient and modern languages and the growing Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the full spectrum of Harvard's resources in planning their schedules; they are also free to cross-register for linguistics and linguistics-related courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While all PhD candidates are expected to acquire a solid background in contemporary linguistic theory, the department places great emphasis on the inseparability of good theoretical work and detailed empirical research, and on the interrelatedness of diachronic and synchronic approaches to the study of linguistic phenomena.
The Linguistics Program at Northeastern is one of the smaller majors, with around 80 students pursuing a major or minor in Linguistics. Our students have the advantage of generally smaller class sizes of about 10 to 20 students, and the opportunity to get to know their fellow students and faculty members more easily in that setting. The courses offered in Linguistics at NU focus on both the structural side of language, and the socio-cultural side. Courses include phonetics and phonology, and Language and Gender. Many other electives give the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of topics, like the psychology of language. And of course, our students study other languages! Northeastern’s World Languages Center offers a wide range of modern languages, including Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Hebrew, American Sign Language, and others. In the classroom, we emphasize doing linguistics: our instructors include lots of opportunities for students to analyze actual linguistic data. Our courses frequently require students to engage in all levels of linguistic work, from data collection and analysis to presenting their findings in written and oral form. And we don’t want our students to just have in-class experience; we encourage them to gain real-world experience through experiential education (co-op) and research. Students choosing to go out on co-op are able to select from a wide range of job opportunities, ranging from jobs where the relationship to language and linguistics is obvious (working in a psycholinguistics lab, a school teaching English as a Second Language, a speech pathology office, or a software firm developing a new speech recognition app) to those where the links to linguistics are less clear (working in a law office, marketing firm or publishing company).
The Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara stands at the forefront of several converging trends in the field of linguistics, thanks to a series of key decisions made when the department was founded in 1989. UCSB Linguistics was created to realize a vision of linguistics as a field that would seek explanations for language as a fundamental human activity, through an understanding of how languages are used by their speakers. From the beginning, the department committed itself to maintaining a sharp focus on the theoretical and methodological tools that would be needed to realize this vision, and to developing a broad empirical base for the work via a typologically diverse sampling of the world’s languages. As more and more researchers across all fields of linguistics are seeking well-motivated explanations and firmly grounded empirical evidence for claims about the nature of language, UCSB’s longstanding leadership in this enterprise puts the department at the cutting edge of linguistic scholarship, developing ideas and methods that are critical for moving the field of linguistics into a new era
The MIT Linguistics Group has been engaged in the study of language since the 1950’s, and the first class of PhD students was admitted in 1961. Our research aims to discover the rules and representations underlying the structure of particular languages and what they reveal about the general principles that determine the form and development of language in the individual and the species. The program covers the traditional subfields of linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and psycholinguistics) as well as interfaces with philosophy and logic, speech science and technology, computer science and artificial intelligence, and study of the brain and cognition.
Language, spoken and written, is one of the most important factors separating humans from other animals. It both unites and divides us culturally, ethnically, socially and personally. Linguists study the structure, variation and use of language among different cultural groups. Work in linguistics also draws on research in other disciplines, including psychology, anthropology, computer science, literature, neuroscience, education and others.
Minor Based in the Department of Anthropology in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the linguistics program’s interdepartmental minor includes course offerings in anthropology, classics, speech and hearing and East Asian and Romance languages. By combining courses from these areas, the program offers traditional approaches to linguistics, as well as those that focus on the social effects of language use. We seek both to describe language patterns and to explain the way those patterns exert an influence on human thought and action.
The Program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics - LINGBA. Majors are exposed to a broad range of information in the study of language from the perspectives of physiology, cognition, meaning, society and culture.
The fundamental goal of modern linguistics is to understand how natural languages are acquired or learned, understood, and used by speakers by discovering the nature of the uniquely human language faculty that underlies all these abilities. This pursuit lies at the heart of the research in which our faculty and students are engaged.
The University of York has been working in Britain since 1963. He is one of the young and promising universities in the country. York University is actively developing. Today there are more than 30 branches open here. University of York is also known as a research center. The projects of his specialists have repeatedly reached the international level.
The structure of the university is represented by 9 colleges. Each of them has its own traditions, routine, symbolism. College students are members of the single UniversityofYork community, cohesive and development-oriented.
More than 15,000 people study at the university. 22% of the contingent consists of foreigners. In the intercultural environment of the university, every fifth student is not British. The multinational student community carries out its activities based on the principles of equal rights of its members and their opportunities for personal, academic improvement.