Advanced Studies in Linguistics

Degree: Master
University: University of Antwerp , Faculty: Faculty of Arts
City: Antwerp , Country: Belgium
Discipline: Social Sciences
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  • Max Duration 12
  • Tuition fee € 567
  • Start Date of Studies October
  • Admission deadline September 1
  • Programme Alternatives full-time
  • Educational Form taught
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    The Master of Advanced Studies in Linguistics is a one-year inter-university programme aimed at students who have already acquired a good background in linguistics or language-related fields of study.

    The participating Flemish institutions are the Catholic University of Leuven, the Free University of Brussels, the University of Antwerp, and the University of Ghent.

    Members of the steering committee:

    • for Leuven: Dirk Geeraerts, Kristin Davidse
    • for Brussels: Alex Housen, Piet Van de Craen
    • for Antwerp: Walter Daelemans, Walter De Mulder
    • for Ghent: Anne-Marie Vandenbergen, Dominique Willems.

    Students may enroll at the university of their choice, in keeping with their preferred area of specialization.

    Masters in Linguistics are able to define the questions and goals of their research with great accuracy.

    • They possess the skills needed to gather information related to their research topic, to select, and to process critically.
    • They master the necessary methodological insight and background to make methodological choices suited to their research goals and questions, and they are able to motivate those choices.
    • They are able to gather and delineate the language data relevant for their research (i.a. through corpus analysis).
    • They possess the necessary knowledge of their scientific field to be able to motivate the choice of scientific framework, to situate it in that field and to handle it creatively which also requires a critical distance vis-à-vis that framework.
    • They are aware of the ways in which their goals and the chosen theoretical framework determine the selection of data.
    • They are able to propose creative solutions related to research problems, e.g. by extending the theoretical framework or by relating it to other frameworks or other disciplines or scientific fields.
    • They are able to formulate the results of their research clearly in relation to the questions asked and the chosen methodology, and they can explain and defend them in a scientific publication or during a lecture which satisfies the demands imposed on publications in international scholarly journals or talks at international meetings.

    The specific orientation coordinated at UA, Interdisciplinary Linguistics, has as a supplementary goal that Masters in Linguistics develop specific skills and insights in interdisciplinary approaches to language, and gain insights in the social relevance and practical applicability of the research engaged in.
    Specific goals of the option `Language Technology´:

    These Masters are able to evaluate the possibility and complexity of the computational modelling of language processes, and they are able to develop such computational models.

    • They can formulate algorithmic solutions to problems in artificial intelligence and language technology and they can implement them in efficient programs and systems.
    • They understand existing algorithms and programs for problems in articifial intelligence and language technology; they can analyse and adapt them.

    Specific goals of the option `Language and Society´:

    These Masters possess a strongly critical competence, based on the interdisciplinary foundations of their training, in which language processes are never seen in isolation from social structures, power relationships and ideological processes.
    Specific goals of the option `Language Processing´:

    These Masters possess the necessary scientific knowledge to apply findings from psycholinguistics to a pedagogical environment: they are able to apply relevant research into language acquisition (spoken, written) in the context of reading and writing research, contributing e.g. to the development of methods for orthographic training, preparatory reading programs, and the like.

    They are able to transfer the findings of fundamental psycholinguistic research to a clinical setting: psycholinguistics (primary language acquisition and processing, multilingualism, language pathology, and the like) has implications for clinical work that are not always evident for the clinicians (speech therapists, audiologists, etc.).


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