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  • Objectives
    The MA aims to provide the opportunity for advanced study of the nature and structure of human language, equipping students for research in linguistics and for professional involvement with language and communication, focussing particularly on issues of linguistic theory and linguistic description.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements: An Upper Second Class Honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in Linguistics or a related subject.
  • Academic Title
    Linguistics MA
  • Course description
    All taught MA students are required to attend the Linguistics Seminar, which takes place usually fortnightly, on Tuesdays, from 4-5.30pm. The Seminar is the principal academic event of the Linguistics and English Language research community within the School. Presentations are given both by staff and by invited speakers from outside the university.

    Module details

    The MA in Linguistics comprises the compulsory core course units in Introduction to Grammatical Theory (15 credits), Phonetics and Phonology (15 credits), and Research Methods (30 credits), a dissertation (60 credits), and optional course units (altogether 60 credits). These may be selected following specialised pathways, which include Sociolinguistics, the Linguistics of English, Phonetics & Phonology, Syntax, Typology, and Romani Linguistics. One or two course units may take the form of `Directed Reading' course units, available after consultation with an appropriate member of staff and the Course Director. One or two course units may also be taken from a list of MA course units available in other subject areas within the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, or as adapted Level 3 undergraduate course units in Linguistics & English Language, which supplement the course units on offer at MA level. Alternatives to Phonetics & Phonology and/or Introduction to Grammatical Theory may be chosen if students can provide evidence of having covered comparable material in their undergraduate degree.

    Optional course units available may typically include (depending on the pathway chosen): 

    -Readings in Applied Linguistics
    -Language Change
    -English Phonology Past and Present
    -Phonological Theory 
    -Sociolinguistics
    -Readings in Applied Linguistics
    -English in Britain
    -Psycholinguistics
    -Linguistic Field Methods
    -Child Language
    -Language Endangerment & Language death
    -Language Contact 
    -Formal Semantics
    -Typology
    -The Grammar of English Noun Phrases
    -Morphological theory
    -The Grammar of English Clauses
    -Topics in Lexical Functional Grammar
    -Introduction to Computational Linguistics
    -Minimalism
    -Topics in Phonetics 
    -Romani Linguistics

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