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Structure and outcomes of the study program

1st Semester

Foundations of linguistic research Scientific standards in linguistic research
Research methods in linguistics Methods for addressing specific linguistic research questions I
Research practice I Attending linguistics talks
Language competence I Applying descriptive techniques to a rarely taught language
Linguistic theories Linguistic theories and their comparison

2nd Semester

Research methods in linguistics Methods for addressing specific linguistic research questions II
Research practice I Attending linguistics talks & a workshop or conference
Research practice II Planning a linguistic research project
Language competence II Acquiring further language skills, e.g. through courses offered by the SLI or by the departments contributing to the study program
Research topics in linguistics Possible topics include:
  • grammar of individual languages
  • linguistic variation and its sociolinguistic embedding
  • language change
  • pragmatics
  • language contact
  • neuro-and psycholinguistics
  • language and cognition

3rd Semester

Research practice I Attending linguistic talks, internship of six weeks
Language Competence II Acquiring further language skills, e.g. through courses offered by the SLI or by the departments contributing to the study program
Research topics in linguistics
  • Broadening and deepening a linguistic subfield of the student’s own choice
  • also within an interdisciplinary perspective (e.g. sociology, cognitive science, anthropology, philosophy)
  • also at a partner university from the EUCOR network (e.g. Basel, Strasbourg)
Project-related research practice Linguistic project seminar

4th Semester

Research practice II Presenting one’s own research in a colloquium
Thesis & defence Academic degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)