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FYI: New MA in Linguistics at University of Kentucky

Author: Andrew Hippisley

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

FYI Body: The University of Kentucky's Linguistics Program is offering a new
Master's in Linguistic Theory & Typology (MALTT), starting August
2012 (subject to Senate approval). MALTT offers training in theoretical
frameworks for approaching descriptive and sociolinguistic data with a
special focus on how grammatical features are distributed across the
world’s languages. Emphasis is given to language modeling through
computational and quantitative methods. As well as providing
invaluable intellectual preparation for doctoral studies in linguistics, the
MALTT program prepares students for careers in high-tech industry,
text-based consultancies in law and medicine, and jobs in government

Applications online through the Linguistics Program at

Funding opportunities and graduate teaching assistantships are
available to qualified students.

- The MALTT degree emphasizes both linguistic theory, whose aim is
to increase our knowledge about the fundamental nature of human
language, and typology, the study of the domains of similarity among
languages and the dimensions and degrees of their differences
- Students of MALTT are trained in formal and computational methods
in the analysis of linguistic data, important transferable skills and fast
becoming a standard expectation in any program of linguistic research
- MALTT offers specializations in morphosyntax and sociolinguistics
- Students have opportunities to participate in faculty research projects
involving a range of languages, including K’iche’ Maya, Eastern Iranian,
Slavic, Sanskrit, Appalachian English, and others.

The courses
1. Morphosyntax track
core: morphology, syntax, phonology
plus courses in: grammatical typology, computational linguistics,
constraint-based lexicalist grammars, etc.

2. Sociolinguistic track
core: syntax, phonology, phonetics
plus courses in: sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, discourse
analysis, quantitative & qualitative methods in sociolinguistics,
acoustics phonetics, etc.

MALTT graduates will be prepared to succeed in the top doctoral
programs in the United States and abroad, and will be positioned to
enter a global, information-based marketplace that demands the skills
that a strong MA in Linguistics provides, with careers in such fields as,
for example
- speech and language processing
- globalization of commercial products
- healthcare communication
- business
- legal professions
- analysts in government agencies

Inquiries to Andrew Hippisley, Linguistics Program Director,

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