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Offline wug123

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M.A. in linguistics
« on: December 31, 2016, 04:46:55 PM »
Hello, I'm looking for a university anywhere in the world where I could study a Master's degree in linguistics (ideally, but not necessarily a subject involving psycholinguistics or sociolinguistics). Does anyone here know a good linguistic department with enthusiastic academia and helpful teachers? Also, can someone provide any info about linguistics at universities in Wien, Stockholm, Oslo, Edinburgh or Newcastle? I'd be very grateful!


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Re: M.A. in linguistics
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2017, 01:59:40 AM »
There are literally hundreds. Some of the ones you mentioned are good. It's hard to give more specific advice than that. Psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics are two of the most popular subfields today so you won't have trouble finding one or both. The resources for things like labs will differ but that depends on what you want specifically.

As for a masters degree, there may be very little point (financially or professionally-- it could still be fun or personally fulfilling) in theoretical linguistics unless you get a Ph.D. also. If you want just a masters then an area like TESOL, translation, speech pathology, some aspects of computational linguistics, etc. might be more helpful for you to get a job, and those paths may be even better than a Ph.D. if you want an industry job rather than academia. And you could study many of the same things and take some of the same classes.
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Re: M.A. in linguistics
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2017, 02:47:46 PM »
I agree with djr33, sociolings has become very popular in recent years. I'm currently in my 2nd and final year of my sociolings masters at Goldsmiths, university of London. Although I don't have experience studying there, I would highly recommend Lancaster uni, which has some of the leading researchers in sociolings. From experience though, I'd say that the larger the department of sociolings, the more support opportunities there will be. I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but the bigger the department, the more funding it may attract and so there would potentially be more opportunities to be involved in the department.