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4117f - Sociolinguistics (Research) MA, PGDip

Sociolinguistics (Research) MA, PGDip

Start in: September 2021

This course explores 20th-century history of linguistics and the philosophy of linguistics.

Overview

Join us for this master's in Sociolinguistics. You'll examine:

  • tensions between different conceptions of language
  • the issues surrounding research methodology in linguistics
  • sociolinguistics
  • the sociology of language

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognises this course. It is designed to prepare you for doctoral study. The course combines a mixture of generic research training modules with more specialised modules covering research training and specific linguistic knowledge.

Although your focus will be on your specialist study, our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. We have nurtured a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and supportive environment where staff and students from across the world can come together and share their research experiences.

We offer supervision in the following areas:

Linguistic theory

This includes:

  • syntactic theory and comparative syntax
  • phonological theory
  • morphophonology and morphosyntax
  • philosophy of language
  • philosophy of linguistics
  • architecture of the language faculty 

Language variation and change

This includes:

  • historical/diachronic linguistics
  • variationist/comparative linguistics
  • sociolinguistics
  • grammaticalization
  • dialect syntax
  • corpus analysis
  • linguistic typology

Language evolution, acquisition, and development

This includes:

  • first language acquisition and development
  • the acquisition of second language morphosyntax and phonology
  • evolutionary linguistics

 

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What you'll learn

You'll gain a working knowledge of the methodology and skills in quantitative and qualitative research in language and linguistic studies.

You'll carry out a literature review and independent fieldwork. You'll undertake sociolinguistic analysis using a variety of mathematical and computational tools.

Modules

You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

Research skills

The Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS) is one of the largest centres for linguistic research in Europe. You have a unique opportunity to acquire a wide range of methodologies and exposure to diverse theoretical perspectives to enrich your own research. We have a wide range of research supervisors you can work with.

We offer subject-specific research training, including specialised practical workshops on statistical packages and software used in corpus linguistic methodologies. This specific training complements the research training programme you will be part of as a postgraduate research student.

Student work in progress meetings

Our 'student work in progress' meetings give you the opportunity to present your work to a student audience. You'll get instant feedback and discussions around your research.

Special interests group

Our special interests groups also facilitate researchers with common interests to share ideas, develop new skills and gain feedback on their work. The groups meet regularly and include topics like:

  • language variation and change
  • theoretical phonology
  • corpus linguistics
  • syntax
  • language and cognition

Guest lectures

Internationally renowned linguistic researchers have previously given guest lectures, recent speakers include:

  • Professor Ellen Bialystok, York University, Toronto
  • Professor J K Chambers, University of Toronto
  • Professor David Pesetsky, MIT
  • Professor Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Stanford University

Your future

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body

Facilities

The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics is a lively and diverse community with over 700 undergraduates and 200 postgraduates.

We are based in the Percy Building. Our purpose-built postgraduate suite includes:

  • several dedicated computer clusters
  • meeting rooms
  • a kitchen
  • lounge area

Find out more about the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Members of the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences also have a dedicated space. This space provides a range of resources, including access to:

  • linguistics software (eg Childes, Clan, Elan, Praat)
  • linguistic corpora (eg DECTE, ICE, ICAME)
  • specialised equipment such as the eye tracker

The award-winning Philip Robinson Library has an extensive audio-visual collection.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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Sherelle Coulson
Programme Administrator
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7199
Email: pg.english@ncl.ac.uk

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