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Linguistics is the scientific study of language. It involves the analysis of the structure, meaning, context, and function of utterances, writing, and other communicative systems. Its aim is to understand and explain the structure, use, and function of communication systems, as well as how we create, acquire, and shape them.

Course Details

Duration: Three to four years (full-time study); six to eight years (part-time study)

Difficulty: Advanced

Entry Requirements: Undergraduate degree or equivalent general education

Course Description

Core Curriculum

The core topics introduce the field of linguistics and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. The Director of Studies will make adaptations based on student ability and schedule. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. The core topics are:

  • Phonetics
  • Phonology
  • Morphology
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Syntax
  • Research Methods
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Sociolinguistics


Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:

  • History of Ideas on Language
  • History of Chosen Language
  • Language Acquisition
  • Psychology of Language Processing and Learning
  • Semantics and Pragmatics
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Anthropological Linguistics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Neurolinguistics

Final Project

The final project in linguistics consists in one or more papers written on an area of specialization. The paper should take the form of a dissertation elaborating an original argument, interpretation, or perspective. All final projects should be discussed with the Director of Studies, who will assist in choosing an appropriate focus and method. Advanced students may be advised to submit their paper for publication in an appropriate academic journal.

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