Ph.D. Program in Linguistics


The Doctoral Program is designed to assure that Ph.D. students receive an adequate grounding in all of the fundamental areas of linguistics to pave the way for capable of doing linguistic research and/or teaching in future career. Students are trained in strong theoretical linguistics and research from renowned linguists. In addition, they can choose up to FOUR tracks for their future expertise—theoretical linguistics and applied linguistics–psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and language pedagogy
The first year of Ph.D. students is devoted to coursework, which gives students a strong background. We put emphasis on both theoretical and applied linguistics.

Outline of the Ph.D. 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 advanced coursework on topics of interest and method training (4 tracks: theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics–psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, language pedagogy)

arrow_carrot-right_alt2Year 3 Close work with advisor cupped by Qualifying Exam

arrow_carrot-right_alt2Year 4 & 5

– Ph.D. dissertation years.
– Close work with the dissertation committee
– The period opens with the defense of your dissertation prospectus and is cupped by filing your Ph.D. dissertation

The Doctoral Program consists of a five-course core and 3 Electives. The five core courses are:

LI711 Advanced Phonology,
LI712 Advanced Syntax,
LI713 Advanced Semantics and Pragmatics,
LI751 Advanced Research in Linguistics,
LI752 Seminar 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.

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

1. Theoretical Linguistics

LI714 Linguistic Analysis and Argumentation
LI815 Interface between Morphology and Syntax
LI816 Interface between Syntax and Semantics
LI817 Interface between Pragmatics and Discourse

2. Applied Linguistics

2.1 Psycholinguistics

LI721 Cognitive Linguistics
LI822 Current Issues in Psycholinguistics
LI823 Current Issues in Language Acquisition and Language Teaching

2.2 Sociolinguistics

LI731 Current Issues in Sociolinguistics
LI832 Current Issues in Electronic Discourse
LI833 Language Revitalization

2.3 Language Teaching

LI741 Policy and Curriculum Planning in Language Teaching
LI842 Innovation and Language Teaching
LI843 Discourse Analysis for Language Teaching

Plan of Study

Year 1
1st Semester
2nd Semester
- LI711 Advanced Phonology
- LI712 Advanced Syntax
- LI713 Advanced Semantics and Pragmatics
- LI751 Advanced Research in Linguistics
- LI752 Seminar in Linguistics
- One Elective (must be relevant to the dissertation topics)
Year 2
1st Semester
2nd Semester
- Two Electives (must be relevant to the dissertation topics)- Research proposal defense
- Qualifying Examination
- LI 899 Thesis