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Program Name:

MA in Linguistics and Philosophy
Program Homepage: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/kis/schools/hums/philosophy/frames/PG/MA%20Linguistics/linguisticsmenu.html
Institution: King's College London
Address: Philosophy Department
King's College London
City: London
Zip/Postal Code: WC2R 2LS
Country: United Kingdom
Application Deadline: open deadline
Contact Person: Ruth Kempson , Professor
Email:

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Phone: 00-44-7848-2655
Linguistic Subfield(s): Computational Linguistics
General Linguistics
Philosophy of Language
Semantics
Syntax
Program Size: Small (1-10 students)
Program Description: MA LInguistics and Philosophy

King's College London Philosophy Department offers a new one-year Masters Program in Linguistics and Philosophy,
with primary emphasis in Linguistics on the syntax/semantics/pragmatics interface and in Philosophy on
the sub-disciplines of Philosophy relevant to Linguistics. The aim of the degree is to broaden the inter-disciplinary
base of students of Linguistics/Philosophy by exposure to the leading ideas and research issues in the neighbouring discipline, but graduates from other disciplines with suitable backgrounds are welcome to apply. It is primarily intended as a research training degree; but it also aims to improve understanding of formal/philosophical aspects of language study at a high level for those with more general interests.
Students attend selected courses from a range offered across the disciplines for nine months, and then use the expertise gained to write a dissertation under supervision during the summer months.

KCL Philosophy Department is a world centre for Philosophy, top-ranked both for research excellence and teaching quality,
with a large and active postgraduate community. Linguistics courses on the program are taught across Philosophy and Computer Science Departments by linguists internationally established for their research work at the syntax/semantics/pragmatics interface; philosophy courses are taught by the front-ranking set of London University philosophers; and there is a required cross-disciplinary course jointly led by linguists and
philosophers to bring out the links between the separate parts of the program on which students may choose to specialise.

The course joins the set of inter-disciplinary Masters' programs offered by the department:
Formal Grammar and Computational Linguistics (in conjunction with Computer Science Department)
Philosophy of Mental Disorder (in conjunction with KCL Institute of Psychiatry)
Philosophy and History of Science
The program will start in October 2004. Students are encouraged to go onto a research degree, qualifications permitting.


Further information about program, admission
requirements and application procedure:
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/kis/schools/hums/philosophy/frames/PG/MA%20Linguistics/linguisticsmenu.html

Enquiries to the convenor of the program:
Professor Ruth Kempson, kempson@dcs.kcl.ac.uk,
Philosophy Department,
King's College London,
The Strand,
London, WC2R 2LS, UK.
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