The Master's degree programme 'Theoretical Linguistics: Dynamics and Variation' prepares students for a career in linguistics research. Students on the programme receive practical and theoretical guidance that introduces them to the latest research work in theoretical linguistics. In the first part of the programme students will become acquainted with modern theories and concepts in core areas of linguistics, establishing the foundations on which students subsequently build in their chosen area of specialization 'Dynamics' or 'Variation'. By undertaking experimental projects, students acquire the skills needed in order to be able to independently develop and implement empirical studies. Students also have the option of attending a linguistics summer school where they have an opportunity to establish networks and build contacts with the scientific community at an early stage of their career.

In terms of the curriculum, the programme in Saarbrücken is distinguished by the specific linking of the areas of language dynamics and language variation. The field of language dynamics is concerned with processes such as the acquisition of a first language (mother tongue), the production and processing of linguistic utterances in a specific context (utterance situation) and with theoretical approaches to modelling dynamic processes. In the field of language variation, the focus is on the historical development of language, the differences and similarities of dialects within a larger language area and the dependence of grammatical phenomena on text type, register or channel of communication.

Course of study Theoretical Linguistics: Dynamics and Variation
Type of programme Consecutive Master's degree programme
Can be studied as Single-subject programme
Accreditation Quality assurance system accredited by the Accreditation Council
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Degree qualification Master of Arts (M.A.)
Languages of instruction German and English
German language requirements TestDaF: 4, DSH: 2, Goethe: C2
English language requirements e.g. CAE, IELTS Academic: 6.5, TOEFL: 90
Start of programme Winter semester or summer semester
Restricted entry No
Application deadline 29.02.2020 for summer semester 2020
For applicants without proof of German language proficiency: 15.01.2020
Where to apply Online application portal (in German)
Tuition fees Not applicable
Semester fee See current fee structure
Study counselling Central Student Advisory Service
Course adviser Contact the course adviser
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