|Fen Edebiyat Fakültesi|
|Contact Person:||Mustafa Aksan , Prof. Dr.|
|Language/Language Family Specialization(s):||
|Program Size:||Large (over 25 students)|
The Department of English Language and Literature is one of the oldest departments of Mersin University. Initially, like many other similar departments, The Department of English Language and Literature has also started with emphasis on literature and culture studies. Successive developments and rapid changes in the profile of the faculty resulted in a change in the overall structure of the department. Starting from Fall 1999-2000, the Department ceased enrolling students to culture studies program and instead initiated a new Linguistic Program.
The aim of the program is to educate students who competently analyze any type of linguistic structures in natural languages. They develop strong insights into form and function of language and can use their knowledge of linguistics in interdisciplinary fields. They can apply critical and original approaches in language teaching environments and fields of applications. The main purpose of the program is to graduate students with academic motivation, who constantly follow developments in the field, and can adopt a critical stance for what is already known and what can be learned. They can also use effectively data-processing instruments, and can use English properly and fluently in conducting original linguistic studies. Graduates of the program can design special corpora and conduct linguistic analyses over language corpora. Overall the aim of the Department is to educate individuals who can contribute to linguistics both in Turkish and in universal contexts.
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