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University of Cambridge: Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

Institution University of Cambridge
Department Linguistics
Telephone 01223 760606
Study type Research


This course integrates study of linguistic theory and applied linguistics in a single programme. Students can explore theoretical and descriptive linguistics (e.g. the syntactic organization, or sound structure and phonetics, of different languages, or the principles that govern the historical development of languages); they can study how linguistics and phonetics can be applied to areas such as language acquisition, language processing, data mining of language corpora, or forensics; and they can choose to look at linguistics from the point of view of a specific language or language family. Those who wish to focus their study in a particular language area can select courses that constitute a 'Pathway' in that area, such as Celtic Linguistics or English Linguistics. Students undertake lectures in core subjects, choose seminars in their main areas of interest, and attend a Research Methods course.

Master of Philosophy - MPhil

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