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Program Name: Undergraduate Programme in Linguistics
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Institution: University of Edinburgh
Address: Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
University of Edinburgh
City: Edinburgh
Zip/Postal Code: EH8 9LL
Country: United Kingdom
Contact Person: Penny Earle

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Phone: +44-131-650-3961
Fax: +44-131-650-3962
Linguistic Subfield(s): Applied Linguistics
Cognitive Science
Computational Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Language Documentation
Ling & Literature
Linguistic Theories
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Writing Systems
Program Size: Large (over 25 students)
Program Description: As in most Scottish universities, the Edinburgh Honours undergraduate degree course is a four-year course leading to the degree of M.A. There is also a three-year course, without a strong specialisation in a particular subject, leading to the degree of M.A. (General). In the first two years of the M.A. course most students take three different subjects. At the end of the two years, students admitted to an Honours M.A. programme go on to do two more years of coursework in a specific department or departments. The Department, alone among the Scottish universities, offers the M.A. (Honours) degree in Linguistics, and contributes to a large number of joint degrees with other departments (such as English Language and Linguistics, Psychology and Linguistics, and Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence). We graduate about 20 single, joint, and general Honours students each year. In addition, our first and second year courses (Linguistics 1 and 2) are popular 'outside subjects' for students intending to do their degrees in other departments - approximately 100 students a year take Linguistics 1. The Department's courses are also well attended by visiting students on the ERASMUS and other university exchange programmes. We take undergraduate teaching very seriously and consider it one of our strengths. In Linguistics 1 and 2 there are weekly tutorials throughout the year, as well as other small group meetings especially for phonetic ear-training and transcription. Linguistics 1 introduces the core areas of linguistics - phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax, and semantics - but it also deals with more general topics in human communication and real-life applications of linguistics, including social and regional variation of language, non-verbal communication, cross-cultural communication, writing systems and written language, language planning and education, and speech technology. Linguistics 2 focuses more on the core topics, and students are introduced to instrumental phonetics and to corpus-based empirical research.
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