discover how languages work

Master of Arts in Linguistics with a focus on Descriptive Linguistics


document and describe languages, focusing on the under-described languages of Southeast Asia

investigate the connection between form and function in phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and discourse

make new and exciting discoveries about how language works

DESCRIPTIVE LINGUISTICS SAMPLE 3 YEAR COURSE PLAN FOR THE INDEPENDENT STUDY (IS)

Semester 1: August – December

  • AL603 Phonology (Required core course)

  • AL605 Grammar (Required core course)

  • AL608 Sociolinguistics (Required core course)

Semester 2: January – May

  • AL704 Field Methods in Linguistics (Required Research Methods Elective

  • AL706 Linguistic Data Management (Required Research Methods Elective)

  • Free Elective

Summer Semester: July

  • AL732 Principles of Literacy (Elective course #3)

Semester 3: August – December

  • Free Elective

  • Free Elective

  • Free Elective

Semester 4: January – May

  • AL797 Independent Study/AL799 Thesis: Defend Proposal

  • AL755 Academic Writing for Linguistics OR Free Elective (Final course requirement)

Summer Semester: June-July

  • AL797/AL799 continued: Pass Ethics Review for Research and Collect Data

Semester 5: August – December

  • AL797/AL799 continued: Analyze Data and Write Independent Study/Thesis

  • Independent Study Oral Comprehensive Exam (if AL769 was chosen)

Semester 6: January – May

  • AL796/AL799 continued: Defend Independent Study/Thesis


ELECTIVE COURSES THAT FOCUS ON DESCRIPTIVE LINGUISTICS:

  • AL703 Linguistic Description (Prerequisites: AL603, AL605)

  • AL710 Historical and Comparative Linguistics (Prerequisites: AL603, AL605)

  • AL712 Advanced Grammatical Analysis (Prerequisite: AL605)

  • AL713 Pragmatics (Prerequisite: AL605)

  • AL715 Seminar on Linguistic Typology (Prerequisites: AL603, AL605)

  • AL720 Discourse Analysis (Prerequisite: AL605)

  • AL730 Lexicography

  • AL740 Phonetics for Field Linguists

  • AL744 Advanced Phonology (Prerequisite: AL603)

  • AL746 Semantics

  • AL750 Selected Topics in Linguistics

  • AL751 Current Issues in Linguistics

  • AL752 Directed Readings

  • AL753 Linguistic Applications

  • AL755 Academic Writing for Linguistics

NOTE: The above courses may not all be offered during a student’s study at Payap University. However, there are many elective courses in addition to these courses pertaining to Translation and Language Development.


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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.

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

Required Research Methods Electives:

  • AL704 Field Methods in Linguistics (Prerequisites: AL603, AL605) [4 credits] Methods for collecting and analyzing language data in order to formulate hypotheses and then refine them in light of available data.

  • AL706 Linguistic Data Management (Prerequisites: AL603, AL605) [2 credits] Methods for managing, organizing, and presenting language data using computational tools.

Selected Descriptive Linguistics Free Electives:

  • AL720 Discourse Analysis (Prerequisite: AL605) [3 credits] Linguistic analysis of the discourse features, including coherence, discontinuities, information structure, prominence, pragmatic connectives, participant reference and other topics.

  • AL746 Semantics (Prerequisites: none) [3 credits] The relationship between form and meaning at various levels of language.

  • AL710 Historical and Comparative Linguistics (Prerequisites: AL603, AL605) [3 credits] The theoretical analysis of language change and methods for linguistic reconstruction with a focus on Asian languages.

  • AL755 Academic Writing for Linguistics (Prerequisites: none) [3 credits] Seminar on how to write formal written research proposals, abstracts, journal articles, academic conference presentations and more extensive written works (i.e., M.A. theses and Independent Study Research Papers).