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Library holdings are strong in linguistics and in Indo-European and non-Western languages. In addition to the collections of the General Libraries, the Department of Linguistics maintains the Archibald A. Hill Linguistics Library, which includes an extensive collection of current unpublished manuscripts and dissertations. A well-equipped phonetics laboratory is available for experimental research. The facilities of Academic Computing and Instructional Technology Services are among the most comprehensive at American universities.
The interdisciplinary group in cognitive science involves faculty members in linguistics, psychology, computer sciences, and philosophy. The group sponsors courses, discussion groups, and symposia. There is also an active interdisciplinary student-faculty group in linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics. The foreign language education program offers instruction and research in the teaching of foreign languages, English as a second language, and applied linguistics. Other programs that provide significant opportunities for students of linguistics are those in Asian cultures and languages, Latin American studies, and Middle Eastern languages and cultures.
The Department of Linguistics emphasizes theoretical approaches in all areas of linguistics. The master's and doctoral degree programs are designed to provide every student with a solid foundation in phonology and syntax together with opportunities in a wide range of more specialized areas, such as applied linguistics, computational linguistics, historical linguistics, Indo-European, language acquisition, morphology, neurolinguistics, phonetics, pidgin and creole studies, semantics, and sociolinguistics.
A student's program of work in linguistics may be combined with supporting work in other areas: specific languages, anthropology, computer science, philosophy, or psychology.
Admission to graduate work is not restricted to those who have a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in linguistics. A number of other fields can also provide valuable preparation.
Master of Arts
Candidates for the master's degree must complete thirty-three semester hours of coursework, submit a thesis or report for approval by a supervising committee, and fulfill the foreign language requirement.
The following coursework is required. A course used to fulfill requirement 1, 2, or 3 may not also be used to fulfill requirement 4, 5, or 6.
Language requirement. The student must have four semesters of coursework or equivalent proficiency in a language other than English or two semesters of coursework or equivalent proficiency in each of two languages other than English. This requirement may be fulfilled by courses completed concurrently with the graduate program; by courses completed previously, as certified by college transcript; or by other evidence of proficiency. The student must also have sufficient competence in oral and written English to complete all other degree requirements.
Doctor of Philosophy
Candidates for the doctoral degree in linguistics must complete the following core courses: Linguistics 480K, 380L, 380M, 381K, 381L, 381M, 382, and two courses from the following group: Linguistics 380J, 380S, 381S, 386M (Topic 2: Computational Linguistics), 392 (Topic: Introduction to Language Acquisition), 393 (Topic: Introduction to Cognitive Science), 393 (Topic 4: Neurolinguistics), and Psychology 386N. In addition to the core, the student must complete twelve semester hours of advanced courses and nine hours of supporting work in a minor area.
Language requirement. The student must have four semesters of coursework or equivalent proficiency in a language other than English and two semesters of coursework or equivalent proficiency in a second language other than English. One language must be significantly different typologically from the student's native language(s); the other must be a language that will increase the student's access to the scholarly literature in his or her area of research. This requirement may be fulfilled by courses completed concurrently with the graduate program; by courses completed previously, as certified by college transcript; or by other evidence of proficiency. Students should consult the graduate adviser for more information about this requirement.
The student must also have sufficient competence in oral and written English to complete all other degree requirements.
Admission to candidacy. To qualify for admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree, a student must submit two major papers for approval by a faculty committee; information about this procedure is available from the graduate adviser. A student is expected to qualify for doctoral candidacy by the end of the sixth long-session semester in residence.
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