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LINGUIST List 16.1663

Tue May 24 2005

FYI: Possible elimination of Linguistics BA in Spain

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        1.    Joana Rossello, Possible elimination of Linguistics BA in Spain


Message 1: Possible elimination of Linguistics BA in Spain
Date: 24-May-2005
From: Joana Rossello <joana.rosselloub.edu>
Subject: Possible elimination of Linguistics BA in Spain


We need your support to save Linguistics in Spain!

Linguistics is in danger of disappearing as an official BA degree in Spain,
if the Spanish government adopts the proposal currently under discussion
which dramatically reduces the number of Bachelor's Degrees in the
humanities. In Spain, both the existence of a particular university degree
and the core of its curriculum are fixed by the government. Only a
percentage of the curriculum, generally below 50%, can be shaped by the
universities, as long as it is authorized by the government. On the pretext
of creating the European Space for Education by 2010, the Spanish
government is considering eliminating a number of BA degrees, among them,
Linguistics.

Since 1994, Linguistics is recognized as a short-cycle BA degree: That
means it is not a full four-year undergraduate program, but only takes up
the last two years of an undergraduate education. In addition, degrees in
language(s) as such do not exist: The study of languages is considered to
be part of either a philological degree, along with the study of the
literature of the language of your choice, or a degree in translation and
interpreting, along with the study of various other disciplines. To sum up,
in Spain there is no such thing as a full four-year BA degree in
linguistics or in a language (or languages) and linguistics. Naturally,
this situation is very uncommon in the European Union. But as has just been
noted, it could become worse in the near future since the official proposal
now under discussion in Spain, rather than correcting our anomalous
situation in the EU, eliminates the (short-cycle) degree in linguistics
that we now have.

Please visit our site, read the manifesto, and show your support if you
feel as strongly as we do:

http://www.ub.edu/ling/manifest.htm



Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics


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