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Program Name: Graduate Institute of Linguistics
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Institution: National Tsing Hua University
Address: 101 Kuang-fu Road, Sec 2,
City: Hsinchu
Zip/Postal Code: 300
Country: Taiwan
Contact Person: Yi-ning Weng

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Phone: 886-3-5718615
Fax: 886-3-5725994
Linguistic Subfield(s): Anthropological Linguistics
Language/Language Family Specialization(s): Austro-Asiatic
Program Size: Large (over 25 students)
Program Description: The NTHU Institute of Linguistics has been recognized as having one of the most distinguished linguistics programs in Taiwan in theoretical linguistics as well as in the fields of Chinese and Austronesian linguistics. The Institute was founded in 1986, with the launching of the M.A. program. We established a Ph.D. program in 1990, and in 2004, we added a Ph.D. specialization in Austronesian linguistics, in collaboration with the Institute of Linguistics at Academia Sinica. The NTHU Institute of Linguistics aims to give students well-rounded training in linguistics, with equal emphases on theory and practice. Attention is also given to interdisciplinary research, so that students can gain a solid foundation in humanities and natural sciences as well as in linguistics. To better prepare students for graduate studies in linguistics, an undergraduate linguistics program was begun in 2002 through the NTHU Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2006, an M.A. program in Taiwan Studies was jointly launched by the NTHU Institutes of Anthropology, Linguistics, and Taiwanese Literature. This program is designed so that current elementary and middle school teachers can get graduate-level training in linguistics.
Our research aim is to systematically study the languages of Taiwan and surrounding countries from descriptive and theoretical perspectives. Our Institute has strengths in many areas, including phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, as well as the interdisciplinary fields of psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and neurolinguistics. We have a strong commitment to the study of Sinitic, Tibeto-Burman, and Austronesian languages.
Regarding coursework, students in the M.A. program must complete 28 credits, of which 22 are from required courses: Phonology (I), Phonology (II), Syntax (I), Syntax (II), Articulatory Phonetics, Field Methods, Historical Linguistics, and Research Methods. Those in the Ph.D. program must complete 24 credits in courses approved by the Institute. Ph.D. students in the Austronesian specialization must take at least four courses related to Austronesian linguistics.
On the average, 16 students enroll in the NTHU Linguistics M.A. program and 5 students in the Ph.D. program each year. We welcome applicants from all around the world and have recently had students from the USA, Canada, France, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Roughly 250 students have received their M.A. or Ph.D. degrees from our Institute. Most of our graduates teach in academic programs, and work in linguistics-related business enterprises, across Taiwan and throughout the world.
The NTHU library has approximately 44,000 books on linguistics (30,000 in English and 15,000 in Chinese and Japanese), as well as over 350 periodicals. We also have a state-of-the-art experimental phonology laboratory, phonetics laboratory, and psycholinguistics laboratory.
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