MA Linguistics

University of Calgary, Canada

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About Programme

The Graduate Program in Linguistics, School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Calgary offers thesis-based MA and PhD programs in linguistics, under the supervision of our prestigious faculty whose research covers the core areas of theoretical linguistics, including syntax, phonology, phonetics and morphology.

  • Type: On campus, research
  • Start: September
  • Language: English

Full-time

  • Duration: 24 months
  • Fee national: $5,398
  • Fee international: $12,252

Have you ever wanted to travel the world and communicate with people in their own language? Have a fascination for other cultures? Ever wondered how language works and how literature helps us understand ourselves and others? Join us in the new School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures and expand your mind, increase your employability and prepare yourself to be a competent and enlightened citizen of the world.

When you talk to your phone, and it talks back to you, that’s an application of linguistics. When people notice “about” sounds different in Canada, linguistics can explain why. All across the world, kids learn language without ever opening a textbook. Linguistics can shed light on how that happens.

As Noam Chomsky states in Language and Mind, “When we study human language, we are approaching what some might call the ‘human essence’, the distinctive qualities of mind that are, so far as we know, unique to man.” Linguistics is the scientific study of language as a universal human phenomenon. Language is a perpetually renewable resource.

As long as people keep talking and writing, and languages continue to change and evolve, there will always be a need for linguists to study how and why people speak the way they do, and to fine-tune the communicative technologies of the future.

Language is also used throughout our lives as a diagnostic tool for everything from early learning disabilities in childhood to dementia in old age. The accuracy of these diagnoses is only as good as our understanding of linguistic processing; with languages changing and multilingualism becoming more and more common, up-to-date models of how language is processed in the mind will always be in demand.

Entry requirements

In addition to the Faculties of Graduate Studies and Arts requirements, the Linguistics Graduate Program requires:

  • A presentation relating to the student’s thesis research. Continuation in program is dependent upon this presentation being judged acceptable by the faculty members of the Linguistics Graduate Program.
  • A minimum of 18 units (3.0 full-course equivalents), including Linguistics 611, 613 and 697.
  • Linguistics 600
  • Knowledge of a language other than English demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Graduate Studies Committee.

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