LINGUIST List 30.3757

Fri Oct 04 2019

Support: Language Documentation: MA / MSc, University of Rochester

Editor for this issue: Yiwen Zhang <>

Date: 02-Oct-2019
From: Amanda Sherry <>
Subject: Language Documentation: MA / MSc, University of Rochester, USA
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Department: Linguistcis
Web Address:

Level: MA / MSc

Institution/Organization: University of Rochester

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Language Documentation


The Department of Linguistics at the University of Rochester invites applications for its Master's of Arts program in Language Documentation and Description. The 32-credit program can be completed in 3 semesters (plus an optional additional semester for thesis/project research). Note: A tuition award (for reduced tuition) is available for the strongest applicants.

The MA in Language Documentation and Description ( immerses students in best practices as established by the language documentation community. It provides students with a solid foundation in linguistics with an emphasis on the collection and analysis of naturally occurring as well as experimentally elicited primary data, such as video and audio recordings and written language data. This program is very “hands-on”, giving students the opportunity to compile their own language corpus, sketch grammar, and dictionary project with a native speaker of an under-studied language. Individual fieldwork projects are highly encouraged and supported as are applications for grants to fund such trips. With skills transferable to other fields where the collection and analysis of complex language data may be relevant, the MA in Linguistics prepares students for further work at the PhD level in Linguistics or related fields, or for employment in teaching or industry.

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Rochester is strongly engaged in collaborative research and is devoted to involving graduate students in research. MA students in Linguistics work closely with faculty on developing their own research interests and participate in faculty members’ research projects. For ongoing research in the Department, see:
Additionally, MA students have the opportunity to work as research or teaching assistants.

The MA Program in Language Documentation and Description is one of three Master's programs offered in the Department, beside an MA program in Linguistics ( and an MS program in Computational Linguistics ( Students and faculty working in all three areas collaborate to produce high quality theoretical research informed by strong empirical evidence.

We look for students with strong academic records who show breadth and depth of interests, and the potential for creativity in pursuing a successful linguistics program. A background in linguistics is not required.

To apply, follow instructions on the application link provided below.

For fullest consideration applicants should submit completed applications by February 1, 2020. All documents should be uploaded online.
Applications should include;
- Official Transcripts,
- GRE scores,
- Three letters of recommendation,
- A statement of purpose,
- A writing sample, and
- TOEFL or IELTS scores for those applicants whose native language is other than English.
Application materials should be uploaded here at the application link below.

To receive an application fee-waiver please go here:

Applications Deadline: 01-Feb-2020

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Amanda Sherry
        500 Joseph C Wilson Blvd University of Rochester
        Lattimore 503 P.O. Box 270096
        Rochester NY 14627

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Amanda Sherry

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