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Program in Language and Linguistics
Program Homepage: http://www.brandeis.edu/programs/interdepartmental/linguistics/
Institution: Brandeis University
Address: Brandeis University
415 South Street, MS 018
City: Waltham
Zip/Postal Code: 02453
State/Province: MA
Country: USA
Contact Person: James Pustejovsky , Dr./Prof.

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Phone: 781-736-2700
Fax: 781-736-2741
Linguistic Subfield(s): Computational Linguistics
General Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Program Size: Large (over 25 students)
Program Description: Our undergraduate linguistics program (called 'language and linguistics' for school-internal reasons) focuses on modern generative linguistics. We have about 40 undergraduate students in the major, along with several students minoring in linguistics. Our curriculum includes core courses on generative phonology, generative (Chomskyan) syntax, formal semantics, and formal pragmatics -- along with electives ranging from language acquisition and mathematical methods in linguistics to morphology and linguistic typology. Undergraduate students can choose to focus just on theoretical linguistics, or to take courses as well from our computational linguistics curriculum.

Along with the linguistics BA, we also offer a combined BA/MA degree in computational linguistics for Brandeis undergraduates; a separate two-year MA in computational linguistics for students who completed undergraduate studies at other universities; and a PhD in computational linguistics -- all housed within the Department of Computer Science. Our computational linguistics MA program has about 15-20 students enrolled at a given time, and is open to very strong linguistics students who may not yet have studied computer science -- as well as to very strong CS students who may not yet have studied linguistics. For more information: http://www.brandeis.edu/programs/comp-linguistics/.
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