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The University of British Columbia - Vancouver - Faculty of Graduate Studies

Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
170 - 6371 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z2

Linguistics (MA) - Master of Arts in Linguistics

   
Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Degree: Master
Field of Study: Linguistics
Description Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. Linguists are interested in questions such as the following: - What are the structural properties of languages, at the level of sounds, words, sentences, and meaning? - To what extent are the languages of the world similar or different? - How is language acquired, by children and in adulthood? - How is it processed in the mind/brain? - How do people produce and perceive speech? - How do languages change over time? - Linguistics is a highly interdisciplinary field which combines research methods from the humanities and the social, natural, and mathematical sciences. Research in the Department covers a broad range of topics, with substantial coverage of syntax, semantics, morphology, phonetics, phonology, and pragmatics. We approach these topics from several different research traditions and backgrounds, with particular strengths in formal-theoretical linguistics, experimental and field linguistics, acquisition, and computational approaches to the study of communicative behaviour. These research areas intersect and overlap considerably, and faculty and students are often simultaneously involved in more than one area. This is part of the attention paid to interfaces between traditional subfields of linguistics and methodological traditions (e.g., laboratory phonology, gesture and speech and learning), one of the great strengths of the Department. The Department also has a strong commitment to the study of Languages of the Americas, with particular focus on First Nations Languages of Canada, in the areas of documentation and theoretical research, something for which it is well known. Research is not restricted to Languages of the Americas, however; the department also has a long history of work on African languages and there is ongoing research on languages within the Indo-European, Japonic, Sino-Tibetan, and Uralic families as well as Korean.
Website: Linguistics (MA) - Master of Arts in Linguistics at The University of British Columbia - Vancouver - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Thesis Based? Yes
Course Based? Yes
Requirements
Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%): 76
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
Applicants are also requested to submit a copy of a representative short paper which they have written. If possible this paper should be on a linguistic topic (or on any academic topic otherwise).

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Last Updated: September 23, 2017