General information on this MA program can be found on the
homepage for the mono-master program in Linguistics.
Students are made familiar with methods of linguistic data acquisition (e.g. field research) and acquire knowledge in the automatic processing and statistical analysis of large corpora and databases. They learn basic programming skills with a focus on linguistic data processing.
Graduates of the MA program are familiar with language structures and patterns and their geographical and genealogical distribution, and are able to put new findings in typological perspective. They are able to deduct general patterns from language data and are well equipped to write descriptive accounts of languages and languages families or areas, based on their personal experience and published sources.
Graduates know how to structure, monitor, and document descriptive linguistic fieldwork, including data collection, data storage and metadata management. They are familiar with standard ethical issues and procedures.
Graduates are prepared to participate in research projects and are able to read and write research papers in linguistics. Degree holders are qualified to join a PhD program on university level.
Graduates are specialised in the focus area Indo-European Studies. They
have a broad linguistic and philological knowledge of mostly ancient
Indo-European languages. They have the skills to deal with questions
related to the literary, historical, cultural, and social context of
text production, transmission, reception, and language use. They are
experts in historical linguistics, are familiar with the mechanisms of
language evolution, and are able to apply up-to-date qualitative and
quantitative methods for reconstructing ancestor states of a language
Graduates are also familiar with methods of linguistic data acquisition
(e.g. written records, elicitation) and have acquired knowledge in the
automatic processing and statistical analysis of large corpora and
databases. They have obtained basic programming skills with a focus on
linguistic data processing.
Graduates are prepared to participate in research projects and are able
to read and evaluate research papers in linguistics. They are qualified
to join a PhD program on university level.
The MA program Linguistics with a specialization in Psycholinguistics focuses on the psychological foundations of human language. The goal is to find answers to the following questions:
As a preparation for independent research, students will receive a solid introduction to psycholinguistic theories and methods. They will learn how to conduct research independently in close collaboration with their supervisors. The program offers the possibility for students to actively participate in ongoing research projects on first language development and language processing, both in at the University of Zurich and in various field locations around the globe.