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Linguistics (Master of Arts)
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The Master Program in Linguistics is a program in theoretical linguistics with English as the language of instruction. It is a 4-semester consecutive one-subject-study, which builds on and deepens the knowledge that the participant gained during their Bachelor’s qualification, by specializing in research-oriented study in three working and research fields of linguistics. The research fields of syntax, semantics, phonology, psycho- and neurolinguistics, language variation and change as well as constraint-based grammar are available. In addition to the Institute of Linguistics, this MA program is designed and supported by the following institutes: Institut für England & Amerikastudien (IEAS), Institut für Psycholinguistik und Didaktik der deutschen Sprache, Institut für Romanische Sprachen und Literaturen.
The master’s program Linguistics qualifies students to make theoretically founded and empirically based statements about different aspects of “language” and to investigate them further in independent research-oriented work. To this end, the study expands and deepens the theoretical foundations and techniques of linguistic language description. In addition, the focus is on dealing with the current state of research and current research initiatives. The goal is to guide the students to independent conception and execution of research work.
What is meant by Theoretical Linguistics?
Theoretical linguistics as taught at Goethe University involves using logical and mathematical tools in the analysis of language, as is standard in theories like the Minimalist Program, Montague Grammar, Optimality Theory, or Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar.
Please note that the MA in linguistics from Goethe University is not a program in English linguistics. Therefore, a BA in theoretical linguistics as described below or an equivalent qualification is required to participate in the program. A BA in applied linguistics, in English language and/or literature, in teaching of English, or in English translation is not enough to ensure a successful application.
Master of Arts in Linguistics
The standard length of study for the Master of Arts is 4 semesters.
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|Start of the programme||
The study programme starts at the beginning of either the winter or summer semester.
|Student advisory service||
Dr. Matthias Schulze-Bünte
If the university entrance qualification for the consecutive Master’s programme (namely the Bachelor’s degree) has not yet been completed, you can apply for the programme with a transcript of records on the basis of at least 80% of the required CP for the bachelor's degree. This provisional certificate must be issued by an office authorised to award grades or issue certificates. If a student is admitted, this will be on a provisional basis. Provisional admission is valid until the end of the first semester of the master’s program. The bachelor’s degree must thus be handed in by March 31 (winter intake) or September 30 (summer intake) the latest.
|Mode of admission||Admission is not restricted. Students will be directly admitted if the admission requirements are met in full.|
|Documents to be submitted||
01.06. - 31.08. for the winter semester
|Address for applications||Online application portal for Master's study programmes|