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  1. Yep. Chicago does NOT do waitlists, so they accepted students expecting about a 50% enrolment rate. Last two years, well, more than expected of the students who came to the accepted open house really liked the place *shrugs*. So they're trying to lower the acceptance rate this time around to not have the classes be so big. There were ~130 applications, and they're still winnowing them down, but the final accepted number should be smaller than in past years, probably under ten. Good luck to those here who are applying --- we can't wait to welcome you!
  2. UChicago made all of their decisions already. Good luck to the people here.
  3. You think so, but you'll actually be antsy and anxious as anything. Don't stress too much about the GREs. In my experience and that of people I know (and during prospie visits and after being admitted, we hardly mentioned the GRE), beyond not bombing it, they have almost no correlation with grad admissions in linguistics. People with average scores get in, people with stellar scores get turned away. It's all in the other factors.
  4. Glad that you're interested, Radioalfredio, as Prof. Yu's research is indeed cool; other people whose work you may wish to look at are Jason Riggle and Diane Brentari possibly if you think you may branch out to sign language phonology (much easier to see the articulators.) They, and Ming Xiang for speech processing, are doing some really neat stuff (I am an S-side myself, but I will have to know something about it, as UChicago does not let you stay just on S-side all your grad studies.) Elizabethrose - back when I worked with Spanish in my undergrad days, I also vaguely remember hearing goo
  5. Well, Elizabethrose, I am at U Chicago, so I can try to answer questions you may have about it. I was actually going to suggest, with that full disclosure, that Radioalfredio think about giving it a look, if his/her circumstances permit - the phonology people there are actually doing quite interesting research on speech perception lately, both on the psycholinguistic and the computational side.
  6. P.S. Application fees range between $50 and $120 in my experience, but it may be higher for professional programs, and they are non-refundable - if they reject you, they keep your money. So applying to six or seven different schools, with the GRE fee and postage, can run you close to $1000 USD. If you are asking a friend to put it on their credit card, they should be aware of that.
  7. Pretty much any school's website will have a section in their department website for Prospective Graduate Students. They spell out pretty clearly what they are looking for. It generally seems to be a completed application form, usually done online; a Statement of Purpose (called SOP on this board); a GRE score; transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you attended (with translations if they aren't in English; letters of recommendation, generally three; and for many programs, a writing sample. And an application fee, generally paid with a major credit card; the department generally says
  8. What are you interested in, Elizabethrose14?
  9. Calling all linguists applying for 2012 to chat, celebrate and commiserate! (I'm already in a grad program, but I learned a lot from the fun and insightful threads from previous years.)
  10. Why does it matter? If you aren't sure, that means you've been able to handle both without flunking too badly - so why do you ask? I personally do not believe, beyond extreme cases, that people should be divided into quant people and qual people. Saying, "I'm just not a X person" seems an excuse not to develop skills that very well can be learned.
  11. As long as your name and the department you're applying to is clearly indicated, most universities will start a file on you. Application materials often come in bits and pieces - LORs from one direction, GRE scores from ETS, etc. You can call up the departments you are interested in and ask, but I recall the application information on mine saying that they would start a file on every candidate when materials on them start coming in.
  12. My professors suggested schools - and POIs at these schools - based on what they knew of my interests.
  13. I expanded a 10-page paper into 20 pages, and asked one of the professors writing my LORs to critique it. I was living in a different city, but emailed the essay to her in advance, and we discussed it for a bit when I made time to visit in person. Giving you some advice and support is part of the recommender's job - as long as you do not abuse it. Be polite, give them lots of time with a paper already polished as far as you can make it, and send them a nice handwritten card afterwards. The key thing is to do it well in advance, not be stuck doing it on December 1 when the deadline is Dece
  14. Has anyone (particularly Canadian international students) driven up to the port of entry? That is what I plan to do rather than flying (can bring more stuff), and I wonder what the experience is like. I would guess the people at the guard shack have a stack of I-94s in the back that I can fill in.
  15. Ten thousand hours is the time it takes to become a world-class expert at something: enough to win a Nobel Prize or an Olympic medal, play at Carnegie Hall, or revolutionize an industry. It always drives me nuts that this number is bandied around as the minimum, rather than what it actually is, the standard to reach the peak. A thousand hours will get you good enough to handle most things the ordinary person needs, including a master's degree.
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