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FYI: New MA in Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism


Author: Aurelija Tamosiunaite

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

FYI Body: Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania), Johannes-Gutenberg University (Mainz, Germany), Stockholm University (Sweden), and the University of Tartu (Estonia) are offering a new joint-degree MA program “Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism” (SoMu).

The program familiarizes students with the general key theories and methods of sociolinguistics (traditional, variationist sociolinguistics, constructivist sociolinguistics, language variation, the dialogic relationship of language use and societal patterns), as well as offers a new and wider perspective and understanding of multilingualism as the parallel use of national, minority and migrant languages alongside one or more international vehicular language(s).

The program is meant for students, who are interested in the role of language and languages in society.
Among the existing MA programs in sociolinguistics this program is unique in regard to:
- its language focus (students acquire competences in two international vehicular languages as well as at least two lesser-used and taught languages);
- its geographical focus on the entire Nordic and Baltic-Sea region;
- its focus on multilingualism in a wide sense (rather than on language policy and planning issues concerning just one European minority population or country);
- its in-built mobility (studying abroad is compulsory and equally long study periods in three universities in three different countries are required).

Application deadline (for Fall 2013 admission): (both – EU and non-EU students) 30 June, 2013

Admission requirements: Bachelor Degree or equivalent in Humanities or Social Sciences. The Bachelor Degree shall contain at least 30 ECTS in the field of linguistics or philology. Good knowledge of English on the level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Students from non-partner universities might be asked to provide the proof of English language proficiency.

For more information, please visit http://somu.vdu.lt or join us on Facebook (look for ''Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism'')

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