MA Language Documentation and Description

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Language Documentation and Description

SOAS University of London

MA Language Documentation and Description

Duration: One calendar year (full-time), two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Entry Requirements: Upper-second class degree (or equivalent)

Interview Policy: Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications usually invited

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Today, there are around 6-7,000 languages spoken in the world and it is widely agreed that at least half of those are under threat of extinction within 50 to 100 years. Language documentation is a new sub-discipline within linguistics that has emerged as a response to the growing crisis of language endangerment. It emphasises data collection methodologies, in two ways: first, in encouraging researchers to collect and record a wide range of linguistic phenomena in genuine communicative situations; and secondly, in its use of high-quality sound and video recording to make sure that the results are the best possible record of the language.

The MA programme in Language Documentation and Description is intended for students who wish to specialise in the documentation and description of languages, with a focus on minority and endangered languages. This specialist MA is characterised by an integrated core of subject offerings that are oriented around issues in language documentation and description, plus a series of options in linguistics, applied linguistics, and language studies.

The programme is formulated with two main pathways:

MA Language Documentation and Description [Language Support and Revitalisation] provides an introductory overview of the study of language as well as modules geared at enabling students to support endangered and minority language communities in a number of ways. This pathway is open to students with or without a background in linguistics.

MA Language Documentation and Description [Field Linguistics] provides students with a sound knowledge of state-of-the-art methods and technology for language documentation and description with an emphasis on endangered and minority languages. This pathway is open to students who already hold an undergraduate major in linguistics/applied linguistics or an MA in linguistics.

Structure

The MA Language Documentation and Description (LDD) consists of three components: core modules, optional modules and dissertation research. This degree programme is formulated with two different pathways; one specialising in Language Support and Revitalisation and the other specialising in Field Linguistics.

Regardless of the pathway they chose, all students must take 180 credits. They will take 60 credits as core modules, 60 credits on optional modules and submit a Masters dissertation worth 60 credits at the end of the year. The MA may be taken part-time, over two or three years, and there is a possibility for transferring between the two pathways for part-time students.

MA Language Documentation and Description [Language Support and Revitalisation]

This pathway is open for full-time study to students with or without a BA in linguistics and provides an introductory overview of the study of language as well as modules geared at enabling students to support endangered and minority language communities in a number of ways. For part-time options and details please see the MA Handbook. The core modules for this pathway are:

  • Introduction to the Study of Language 15PLIC008 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Applied Language Documentation and Description 15PLIH024 (15credits) Term 1
  • Language support and revitalisation 15PLIH033 (15credits) Term 2
  • Dissertation in Linguistics 15PLIC999 (60 credits) Full Year

MA Language Documentation and Description [Field Linguistics]

This pathway is open to students with a BA in Linguistics and equivalent and provides students with a sound knowledge of state-of-the-art methods and technology for language documentation and description with an emphasis on endangered and minority languages. For part-time options and details please see the MA Handbook. The core modules for this pathway are:

  • Field Methods 15PLIC019 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Applied Language Documentation and Description 15PLIH024 (15credits) Term 1
  • Descriptive Linguistics 15PLIH043 (15credits) Term 2
  • Dissertation in Linguistics 15PLIC999 (60 credits) Full Year

Optional Modules

The remaining 60 credits can be taken from the list of running PG linguistics modules. Alternatively, students may take 30 credits from the PG Linguistics modules plus 30 credits from the list of running language modules OR 30 credits open option.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
9,225 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £9,225; Full-time Overseas Fees: £18,980 per academic year
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Deadline
Locations
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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End date Sept. 1, 2019
Dates
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019