Ø Background to the program and subject area:
Master’s Degree in Linguistics provide graduate students with profound knowledge on theoretical and general linguistics, descriptive linguistics (whether focusing on English or on other languages) and combinations of these specialisms.
To explore how language works and encourages excellence in scientific research through building and testing theories based on precise descriptions of natural languages, suitable methodologies and empirical and theoretical results from a range of disciplines.
The MA programme in Linguistics at UJ focuses on the latest developments and trends in linguistics and linguistic theory. It essentially pursues the academic investigation of language as a human phenomenon in its historical, psychological, and social dimensions, through effective and innovative postgraduate teaching and high-quality faculty and student research which incorporates the major disciplines of linguistics (i.e. phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, etc.)
At the successful completion of the Master’s Degree in Linguistics, students should be able to:
1- Describe and explain recent linguistic theory, research, and methods; and how to apply them to a range of professional fields and to the structure and function of language as used in natural discourse.
2- Recognize and analyze the grammatical system of English and other languages, particularly Arabic.
3- Analyze specific sounds and understand systematic properties of the sound system of English.
4- Compare and contrast languages in terms of systematic differences in phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, and language acquisition sequence.
5- Evaluate and discuss academic problems on the basis of history, traditions, distinctive character, and place of applied linguistics in a multilingual society.
6- Utilize computational tools for linguistic research and other linguistic applications such as lexicography and language teaching.
7- Explain and systematize large amounts of linguistic data from linguistic corpora.
8- Analyze and deal critically with information from linguistic theory and data, and utilize that information to structure and formulate scholarly arguments.
9- Prepare and present seminars to a professional standard.
10- Design and carry out , interpret and critique research in the discipline and write theses or reports to a professional standard, equivalent in quality to that of publishable papers.
11- Work efficiently, both independently and collaboratively, and uphold social and professional responsibilities.