Linguistics Graduate Program

Master's in Linguistic Theory & Typology (MALTT)

Program overview

The Master’s in Linguistic Theory & Typology (MALTT) offers training in theoretical frameworks for approaching descriptive and sociolinguistic data with a special focus on how grammatical features are distributed across the world’s languages. Emphasis is given to language modeling through computational and quantitative methods. As well as providing invaluable intellectual preparation for doctoral studies in linguistics, the MALTT program prepares students for careers in high-tech industry, text-based consultancies in law and medicine, and jobs in government agencies.

How to apply

You must apply online through the Graduate School (at http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/ProspectiveStudents/Admission.html).

 

Financial assistance

Students admitted to MALTT may be eligible for graduate teaching assistantships.

Why MALTT?

  • The MALTT degree emphasizes both linguistic theory, whose aim is to increase our knowledge about the fundamental nature of human language, and typology, the study of the domains of similarity among languages and the dimensions and degrees of their differences
  • Students of MALTT are trained in formal and computational methods in the analysis of linguistic data, important transferable skills and fast becoming a standard expectation in any program of linguistic research
  • MALTT offers specializations in morphosyntax and sociolinguistics
  • Students have opportunities to participate in faculty research projects involving a range of languages, including K’iche’ Maya, Eastern Iranian, Slavic, Sanskrit, Appalachian English, and others

The courses

  • Morphosyntax track
    • core: morphology, syntax, phonology

            plus courses in

  • grammatical typology, computational linguistics, constraint-based lexicalist grammars,  etc.
  • Sociolinguistic track
    • core: syntax, phonology, phonetics

plus courses in

  • sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, discourse analysis, quantitative & qualitative methods in sociolinguistics, acoustics phonetics, etc.

Degree Requirements

30 total hours including the following core courses:

Required:

  • LIN 601 - Research Methods in Linguistics
  • LIN 701 - Research Seminar in Linguistic Theory & Typology
  • A syntax course (LIN 512 or 600-level course)
  • A phonology course (LIN 515 or 600-level course)

Either/or:

  • A morphology course (LIN 505 or 600-level course)
  • A phonetics course (LIN 500 or 600-level course)

Required:  At least 20 credit hours (7 courses) taken as regular courses (rather than as independent study or research courses)

Required:  At least 15 credit hours (5 courses) taken at the 600 or 700 level (excluding thesis, practicum, or internship credit)

Only 9 credit hours transferable (excluding independent work, research, workshops, practica, or thesis work); student must have had graduate status at the time the courses were taken.

The faculty

With a world class faculty on hand, students are exposed to cutting-edge research in morphosyntax and sociolinguistics.

  • Rusty Barrett: Mayan linguistics, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, language revitalization, language & gender
  • Andrew Byrd: Indo-European linguistics, historical linguistics, phonology
  • Jennifer Cramerperceptual dialectology, discourse analysis, language and identity
  • Fabiola Henri: creole languages, morphosyntax, linguistic typology, experimental linguistics
  • Andrew Hippisley: computational morphosyntax, morphological theory, typology, Slavic languages, Eastern Iranian languages
  • Mark Richard Lauersdorf: historical sociolinguistics; corpus linguistics; Slavic, Germanic, Romance languages; language technologies
  • Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby: lexical semantics, verbal aspect, Russian, sociolinguistics
  • Gregory T. Stump: morphological theory, typology, formal semantics, Sanskrit, Eastern Iranian languages

Where can MALTT take me?

MALTT graduates will be prepared to succeed in the top doctoral programs in the United States and abroad, and will be positioned to enter a global, information-based marketplace that demands the skills that a strong MA in Linguistics provides, with  careers in such fields as, for example

  • speech and language processing
  • globalization of commercial products
  • healthcare communication (analysis of doctor/patient communication)
  • business (use of language in marketing, branding, advertising)
  • legal professions (forensic analysis of language in crime scenes, linguistic analysis of legal documents)
  • analysts in government agencies

 

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