M.A. Program in Linguistics

Overview

The graduate program offers students solid training not only in major areas of theoretical linguistics—phonetics, phonology, syntax and semantics—but also in applied linguistics—pragmatics, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics. Our students are actively engaged in research. They will have opportunities to work directly with faculty on their research projects as well as get an experience through participating in faculty and graduate students’ various research projects.

Outline of the M.A. Program

arrow_carrot-right_alt2Year 1 Foundation coursework in key areas of linguistics (Phonology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis)

arrow_carrot-right_alt2Year 2 Research training – elective coursework on topics of interest

The Master of Arts Program consists of a five course core and 10 Electives. The five core courses are:

LI511 Phonological Analysis
LI512 Syntactic Analysis
LI513 Semantic Analysis
LI521 Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis
LI541 Research in Linguistics

Students must pass all five core courses and maintain a C average overall in the program. Students who do not do so may be dropped from the program.

After completing the five-core courses, students must pass the oral presentation of research proposal and are judged by the department committee to be either plan A (M.A. Thesis) or B (M.A. Project) based on their presentations.

For the electives, they are divided into 3 disciplines: theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, and language teaching. Students are able to choose any subjects that relevant to the interested dissertation topics. The elective courses include:

1. Theoretical Linguistics

LI514 Morphology
LI615 Phonology and Phonetics

2. Applied Linguistics

2.1 Psycholinguistics

LI531 Psycholinguistics
LI533 Second Language Acquisition

2.2 Sociolinguistics

LI532 Sociolinguistics

2.3 Language Teaching

LI534 Methods of Second Language Teaching in 21st Century
LI635 Materials Development
LI636 Language Curriculum Development

Plan of Study

Year 1
1st Semester
2nd Semester
- LI511 Phonological Analysis
- LI512 Syntactic Analysis
- LI513 Semantic Analysis
- LI521 Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis
- LI541 Seminar in Linguistics
- One Elective (must be relevant to the dissertation topics)
Year 2
1st Semester
2nd Semester
- Two Electives (must be relevant to dissertation topics)- LI699 Thesis

Plan B (M.A. Project)

Year 1
1st Semester
2nd Semester
- LI511 Phonological Analysis
- LI512 Syntactic Analysis
- LI513 Semantic Analysis
- LI521 Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis
- LI541 Seminar in Linguistics
- Two Elective (must be relevant to the dissertation topics)
Year 2
1st Semester
2nd Semester
- Three Electives (must be relevant to dissertation topics)- LI688 Thesis