- BA, MA, or other diploma, preferably in Linguistics, Modern Languages (Philology) or related programmes. Graduates of other programmes may also apply.
- Very good knowledge of English (level B2/C1).
Brief programme description
This is a perfect option for anyone who would like to acquire sound knowledge of research methodology in language studies. The MA programme in Empirical Linguistics and Language Documentation is intended for students with a genuine interest in languages and linguistics. It provides knowledge and skills necessary for documenting languages according to 21st century standards as well as access to research methods in empirical linguistics and their application in various fields of practice.
Short description of modules
- Documentary Linguistics introduces principles of language documentation and archiving and teaches techniques and tools for gathering, annotating, storing, and managing linguistic data.
- Spoken Language Analysis focuses first on theoretical and technical aspects of speech analysis (phonetics), and in the second term on the grammar of spoken discourse, the structure of conversations and oral narratives.
- Language Typology and Descriptive Linguistics explains how to capture cross-linguistic similarities and differences and how to describe structurally diverse languages.
- Statistics for Linguistic Analysis makes students understand the role of statistical analyses in a variety of linguistic disciplines and enables them to use the proper methods and tools in their own research.
- Methods and Applications is a module comprising classes which introduce methods of empirical research in various subfields of linguistics (especially: sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics), and classes teaching applications of linguistics, for example, in lexicography, preparing of teaching materials, language planning and language revitalization.
- Additional lectures provide further possibilities to acquire knowledge and skills in topics chosen by the student.
- A Foreign Language other than English is taught over the whole cycle and can be chosen from the offer at the Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures (after obtaining consent from the teacher; some courses have restricted access). Students are especially encouraged to study a lesser taught language.
- Classes in English for Academic Purposes help students better understand academic texts in English and provide them with the necessary skills to present their own research in speaking and writing.
- The MA Seminar accompanies the students through the process of doing research and writing a thesis. In the first semester students are introduced to research methods in linguistics and learn how to design a study and find a topic for their thesis. After that, students will develop their research in small groups with a supervisor.
Example of courses
- Methods and applications (90h)
- Language typology and descriptive linguistics (30h)
- Documentary linguistics (60h)
- Spoken language analysis (60h)
- English for academic purposes (90h)
- Foreign language (240h)
- Proficiency in English, including academic register.
- Knowledge of documentary linguistics.
- Highly desired spoken language analysis skills.
- Proficient knowledge of methods and applications statistics for linguistic analyses.
Marketing and PR agencies
- Media Analysis
- Translation agencies
- Archives & Repositories