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Program Name: Department for General Linguistics - Master Linguistics
Alternate Name: Institut für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft - Master Sprachwissenschaft
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Institution: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Address: Aegidiistraße 5
City: Münster
Zip/Postal Code: 48155
Country: Germany
Application Deadline: July 15, 2009
Contact Person: Rene Schiering, Dr.

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Phone: +49 (251)83-24491
Fax: +49 (251)83-29878
Linguistic Subfield(s): Applied Linguistics
General Linguistics
Language Documentation
Linguistic Theories
Program Size: Medium (11-25 students)
Program Description: * Start: fall semester 2008/2009, application deadline for WS09/10 is July 15 2009!

* Duration: 4 semesters

* Focus on research → ideal preparation for a doctoral program in linguistics.

* Combines a strong emphasis on naturalistic data with sophisticated methodological and theoretical reflection.

* Empirical → collection, analysis and storage of linguistic data (linguistic field work, descriptive linguistics, language documentation); this includes use of state-of-the-art technology.

* Theoretical → grammatical theory, linguistic typology, language universals research; a special focus is placed on the interfaces between social cognition, language structure and language use (discourse and conversation analysis, anthropological linguistics).

* Cross-linguistic approach: next to standard European languages, their non-standard varieties and especially non-European language play an important role in the program.

* Unlike in many other departments in Germany, all courses offered are exclusively for students pursuing a Master’s degree (no B.A. in Linguistics is offered at Münster).

* Small group size (at the most 15 students per year)

* Individual supervision and support by a faculty advisor throughout your entire course of studies.
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