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M.A. specialization in General Linguistics

(33 credit hours)

Course Requirements
Core courses:

  • Syntax 1 (LIN515)
  • Phonetics (LIN531)
  • Phonology 1 (LIN532)
  • Semantics 1 (LIN538)

Core Electives: 5 out of the following courses (or any class substituted with approval of  the Director of Graduate Studies):

  • Discourse Pragmatics (LIN504)
  • Morphology (LIN510)
  • Psycholinguistics (LIN517)
  • Language and Culture (LIN521)
  • Typology and Universals (LIN525)
  • Phonology 2 (LIN533)
  • Role and Reference Grammar (LIN 625)
  • Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (LIN 552)
  • Historical Linguistics (LIN539)
  • Semantics 2 (LIN543)
  • Sociolinguistics (LIN595)

Electives: 2 other 500 or 600-level courses.

MA Exam
Students who enter the Linguistics program as a Master’s student additionally   take the M.A. Exam (or, exceptionally, the faculty may ask a student to write an M.A. project). The exam will be given once each semester; the exact date will be fixed each year, but students can expect to take the exam during the last few weeks of the semester (November in the Fall, and April in the Spring).

The exam consists of questions in the areas of linguistics represented by our basic 500-level courses: Syntax, Semantics, Phonetics, Phonology, Historical Linguistics, Linguistic Anthropology, Morphology, Psycholinguistics, Typology, Discourse-Pragmatics, and Sociolinguistics. (If a student wishes to answer a question in Neurolinguistics, or in Language Acquisition, or in some other area, s/he should see the Director of Graduate Studies to see if it is possible to arrange for such a question.) Students must answer three questions. The exam takes 3-hours.

The questions will be drawn from material covered in the corresponding 500-level course (for example, the Morphology question will be based on topics covered Lin 510). The faculty who teach these courses will make up the questions. The faculty member who created a specific question will also be the one to grade it.
The student must receive a passing grade on two of the three questions. If a student receives a “pass” on only one of the three question, s/he will be given the opportunity to choose a fourth area and answer the question in that area.