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M.A. specialization in Sociolinguistics and Contact Linguistics

Course Requirements (30 credit hours)

Core courses

  • Bilingualism (LIN505)
  • Morphology (LIN510)
  • Syntax I (LIN515)
  • Phonetics (LIN531)
  • Phonology I (LIN532)
  • Semantics I (LIN538)
  • Sociolinguistics (LIN595)

Electives: 3 courses out of the following (or any class substituted with approval of the Director of Graduate Studies).

Electives from Linguistics:

  • Discourse Pragmatics (LIN504)
  • Psycholinguistics (LIN517)
  • Language and Culture (LIN521)
  • Typology and Universals (LIN525)
  • Child Language Development (LIN533)
  • Historical Linguistics (LIN539)
  • Introduction to Dialectology (LIN561)
  • Dialectology Practicum (LIN569)
  • Language and Cognition (LIN582)
  • Language policy and language planning (621)
  • Sociolinguistic Methods (LIN647)
  • Japanese Language and Culture
  • German Language Contact

Electives from Romance Language and Literature:

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • History of the French/German/Spanish Language
  • Language and Gender
  • Spanish Dialectology
  • Spanish Sociolinguistics

Electives from Learning And Instruction:

  • Language Teaching Methods

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 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.