Curriculum

Curriculum

Degree: Master of Arts in Linguistics

The Master of Arts program in Linguistics takes at least 2 ½ years to complete. The average completion time is 3 1/2 years. The degree consists of 42 credits in the following manner:

Core courses:

Elective courses:

  • Students will select electives appropriate to their program of study in consultation with their program advisor. (Click here for further details)
  • Students who choose the Thesis option (Plan A2) must choose four (4) elective courses, for a total of twelve (12) credits.
  • Students who choose the Independent Study option (Plan B) must select six (6) elective courses, for a total of eighteen (18) credits. In addition,
  • Each student must take elective courses from the following:
    a) At least three (3) credits from any Group 1 (general electives)
    b) At least three (3) credits from any Group 2 (advanced electives)
    c) From any Group 1 and/or Group 2 and/or any graduate level course offered by an accredited Payap University graduate program with the approval of the Linguistics Department administration.

Thesis or Independent study:

  • To fulfill the graduation requirements, students must write a Thesis (Plan A2), or an Independent Study paper (Plan B).
    • Students who choose Plan A2 will write and defend a Thesis for a total of twelve (12) credits.
    • Students who choose Plan B will write and defend an Independent Study paper for a total of six (6) credits. Students who choose this option must first take a comprehensive examination. (Click here for further details)


Preparatory Courses

Articulatory Phonetics [0 credits]
Introductory level study of human speech sounds, including recognition, production, and transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

Phonology [0 credits]
Introductory level study of the principles and methods of the analysis of linguistic sound systems.

Grammar [0 credits]
Introductory level study of basic linguistic analysis of the structure of words and sentences in various languages.

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Core Courses

AL603 Phonological Analysis [3 credits]
Study of the principles and methods of the analysis of linguistic sound systems.

AL605 Grammatical Analysis [3 credits]
Study of the principles and methods of the analysis of grammatical structures.

AL607 Semantics [3 credits]
Study of the relationship between form and meaning.

AL608 Sociolinguistics [3 credits]
Study of the structure and use of language in its social and cultural contexts with focus on multilingual situations.

AL704 Field Methods in Linguistics [4 credits]
Prerequisite: AL603, AL605

Study of methods for the collection of linguistic data.

AL706 Linguistic Data Management [2 credits]
Prerequisite: AL603, AL605

Study of methods for managing and organizing linguistic data.

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Elective Courses

Group 1: General Electives

AL703 Linguistic Description [3 credits]
Prerequisite: AL603, AL605

The application of analysis and argumentation to linguistic data.

AL710 Historical-Comparative Linguistics [3 credits]
Prerequisite: AL603, AL605

Study of historical and comparative linguistics with special emphasis on reconstruction principles applicable to Asian languages with or without written records.

AL711 Endangered Language Documentation [3 credits]
Prerequisite: AL704, AL706

Study of the issues involved in documenting endangered languages.

AL720 Text Analysis [3 credits]
Prerequisite: AL605 Grammatical Analysis

Study of the linguistic analysis of the structure of texts.

AL722 Linguistic Principles of Translation [3 Credits]

Study of linguistic principles underlying translation.

AL730 Lexicography [3 credits]
Prerequisite: AL605, AL607

Study of principles and methods necessary for the production of useful dictionaries, including lexical databases, the various types of dictionaries and the adaptation of dictionary forms to different types of languages and users.

AL732 Principles of Literacy [3 credits]
Prerequisite: AL603

The linguistic, sociolinguistic and educational factors required to support reading and writing in a language community.

AL740 Phonetics for Field Linguistics [3 credits]

Overview of speech sounds in languages of the world with special focus on the languages of Asia. Practice in the identification, pronunciation and transcription of speech sounds. Discussion of articulatory phonetics and basic acoustic phonetics and their application in descriptive linguistics.

AL741 Anthropological Linguistics [3 credits]
Study of the interaction and influence of language and culture on each other, including the effect of worldviews in matters relating to language and culture.

AL742 Language Survey [3 credits]
Prerequisite: AL603, AL608

Study of the theory and training necessary to conduct basic linguistic field work. Application of sociolinguistic theory to design successful language surveys and study techniques involved in planning, conducting, analyzing, and reporting language surveys.

AL751 Current Issues in Linguistics [3 credits]
Study of recent trends in linguistics that are likely to influence the future development of the discipline. Theoretical models presented will have significance for the study and use of language as a means of communication.

AL753 Topics in Linguistic Applications [3 credits]
The application of linguistics to other academic domains.

 

Group 2: Advanced Electives

AL712 Advanced Grammatical Analysis [3 credits]
Prerequisite: AL605 Grammatical Analysis

Advanced study of linguistic theory and its application to the morphological and syntactic structure of languages.

AL715 Seminar on Mainland Southeast Asian Language Typology [3 credits]
Prerequisite: AL603, AL605

Study of the development and grammatical structures of Mainland Southeast Asian languages.

AL723 Translation Practicum [3 credits]
Prerequisite: AL722 Linguistic Principles of Translation

Study of the application of methods of translation, with practice in translating, checking and correcting translated material.

AL725 Seminar on Translation and Communication [3 credits]
Prerequisite: AL722 Linguistic Principles of Translation

Study of the theory of translation, as built on insights derived from linguistics and related disciplines (e.g., communication theory, discourse, pragmatics, intercultural dynamics).

AL733 Language Development Methods [3 credits]
Prerequisite: AL608 Sociolinguistics

Study of the application of methods of language development, with extended study of factors relevant to particular language development situations.

AL735 Seminar on Language Planning and Language Policy [3 credits]
Prerequisite: AL608 Sociolinguistics

Study of practical sociological issues relating to applied linguistics programs in multilingual societies.

AL744 Advanced Phonology [3 credits]
Prerequisite: AL603 Phonological Analysis

Advanced study of issues related to the analysis of sound systems, focusing on special outstanding problems.

AL746 Advanced Semantic Analysis [3 credits]
Prerequisite: AL607 Semantics

Advanced study and analysis of semantic units and their relationships.

AL748 Seminar in Text Analysis [3 credits]
Prerequisite: AL720 Text Analysis

Advanced study of the analysis of the structure of texts.

AL750 Selected Topics in Linguistics [3 credits]
Study of selected linguistic topic(s).

AL752 Directed Reading [3 credits]
Guided independent study of a special linguistic topic.

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Thesis or Independent Study

AL797 Independent Study [6 credits]
Prerequisite: Comprehensive examination

Study and research on a topic related to linguistics, generally of more limited scope than that appropriate for a Thesis, under the direction of a supervising professor. The results must be submitted in the form of a publishable paper.

AL799 Thesis [12 credits]
Study, research, and writing of a paper on a topic related to linguistics, under the direction of a supervising professor. The Thesis must conform to the procedures and standards established by Payap University.

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