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Subject: Areas of studies
Question: What is the differences or similarities between a PhD in Linguistics and a PhD in Second language studies. Thank You very much
Reply: A Ph.D. in any area tends to focus on theory. Thus a Ph.D. in linguistics involves theoretical approaches to syntax, semantics, phonology, and morphology, often supported by data from a number of languages. Since second language study is an area of applied linguistics, a Ph.D. in that discipline takes particular theories of language (and of first language acquisition) as a given and proposes theories of second language acquisition processes. The degree requires a far more experimental approach than does one in pure linguistics, so experimental design, human subjects, and some statistics are crucial elements.
Reply From: Marilyn N Silva      click here to access email
Date: 21-Aug-2013
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