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  1. Hola a tod@s! I noticed that there was not a forum for this year's Spanish applicants to discuss their experiences for the 2022 application cycle, so I decided to make one. A quick introduction to me; I am applying for PhDs literature side of things, focusing specifically on migration, transnational memory, trauma, and nationhood in contemporary Latin American literature. I am submitting applications to 8 programs in hopes that I will end up in the same region as my fiancé: UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, Cornell, Brown, NYU, WASHU St. Louis, University of Boston, and the University of Michigan. Hopefully, this forum can serve as a place where Spanish PhD and master's hopefuls can support each other as we all go through this harrowing journey. From what I have heard, this year will be especially challenging given that funding is still limited and many of these programs did not accept new students last year. Many programs will be accepting fewer people (i.e, Cornell will only be accepting 3 students rather than 5-6), but have an extra influx of applicants that did not want to apply during the pandemic. With all of that said, I hope that I am not writing to the void and that there are others out there. If so, what are you applying for and where are you applying to?
  2. I am in dire need of advice! I'm planning to get a masters degree in linguistics. The schools I'm looking at are pretty competitive, so I'm trying to be pretty careful with what I'm doing/ not doing in preparation for the applications. I'm currently about to finish my second year with the Fulbright program, so I've already been out of school for some time now, especially because of covid. Now, I want to do another year or two of intensive language study in my two focus languages (Chinese and Korean) and get really high scores on the language proficiency exams before I apply for grad school, but I'm worried about the possibility that so much time between undergrad and grad school is going to hurt my chances of getting into a really competitive masters program. I've already determined that I'm not going to enter grad school by the spring of next year, but I'm basically trying to decide between doing that extensive language study for 1-2 years or just trying to find a temporary research assistantship in the meantime while I apply to enter grad school as soon as possible and minimize the amount of down time. Does anyone have advice on a situation like this? Possible relevant background info: My degree is a double in in English writing and lit, not linguistics, another detail that I'm a little worried about.
  3. Hi friends, I have most of my admissions results in, and I'd love to hear people's thoughts on my options! About me: I have an academic background in linguistics and computer science, and I've been working as a software engineer for a few years. I like what I've been doing, but I want to be able to focus more specifically on research in the domain of human language technologies (maybe in academia, probably in industry). I'm aiming to get a PhD in an area relating to Computational Linguistics. Here are my options so far: 1. CMU: This is a research orientated masters program, and I think it has a very good reputation. It's part of CMU's SCS, which is very well ranked, and it has a large number of faculty working in HLT. I think this program is also more CS focused, and would prepare me to re-apply to CS PhDs. The main issue is that I was hoping to start a PhD, not a masters program (I applied to their PhD program, but was admitted to the masters), and that this program doesn't guarantee funding. They say people often find at least some funding from research projects once they come to campus, but you won't know anything until you've committed to the program and the semester has already started. This set up makes me somewhat uncomfortable. 2. Georgetown: This is a PhD program in Linguistics that offers a Computational Linguistics track. I think the department has a good reputation in Linguistics, but the department's strength is more Sociolinguistics rather than Computational Linguistics. There are only 2 main Comp Ling faculty, but I'm very interested in both of their research, and with the adjunct faculty, there is a good variety of Comp Ling course offerings (this is notable because it's a somewhat coursework heavy program for a PhD). The program offers 5yrs fully funded, which is also significant to me. 3. UW: This is also a PhD program in Linguistics that offers a Computational Linguistics track. I'm actually still waitlisted at UW, but I'm trying to consider it now. I think UW has a good reputation for Comp Ling research, but I think that generally refers to NLP work in the CS department, and my degree would be in the Linguistics department. UW also as a pretty well known Comp Ling professional masters program, which is actually offered by the Linguistics department, so there are a good amount of Comp Ling courses (again notable because this program requires a good amount of coursework as well). There are a few professors that I think would be good to work with, and about half the PhD students in the program are interested in Comp Ling. Not being admitted, I don't have as much info on this program, but I think they also try to ensure that their students have full funding for 5yrs. There are also 2 CS PhD programs that I'm still waiting to hear back from, but it's so late that I'm assuming they're both rejections. I'm also trying to think about whether I would be better off in a CS program or a Linguistics program as someone who wants to do research in Computational Linguistics. I think it would be happier in a Linguistics program, but it's hard to deny that a CS program would be better for career prospects. I'm currently leaning towards Georgetown because it's a PhD program with full funding, and even though the Comp Ling section of the department is small, I like the curriculum, and I'm interested in the research going on there. So what would you choose in this situation? I'd be interested in hearing any advice on my options, including general opinions on the schools, or additional factors that I should consider in my decision making process. Thanks!
  4. Hi everyone! My mother tongue is Persian and I'm a bachelor's student of French literature and I have a good level in French. I haven't decided yet but I will probably study for a Master of Comparative Literature or Linguistics. I have decided to start learning a language and I have chosen Turkish. Do you think this will help in comparative literature or linguistics? Or in other words is there a best language to learn for students of comparative literature or students of linguistics?
  5. Hey everyone, Anyone with admits/rejects to the Washington computational linguistics or other similar programs?
  6. Hi I'm new to this site but I didn't see a thread yet for this year's application season. I am about to start my senior year of undergrad in Linguistics next month and I'll be applying to Ph.D.s starting this Fall. I have 7 schools on my list as of now and they are: Cornell, UW, University of Michigan, CU Boulder, UPenn, Stanford, and UC Santa Barbara. I'm interested in computational linguistics, NLP, machine translation, and phonetics. What schools are you guys applying to this year? MA? PhD? What are your research interests?
  7. Hi all, I'm a senior who's been accepted to a few MA programs and am looking for some guidance on final decisions for where to attend my masters program. For some background on me, I'm a linguistics student with a background in sociolinguistics, phonetics, and digital humanities. I want to focus on minority language usage (broad, I know) in my MA. By that I mean I want to do research on understudied groups in linguistics, so diversity of research is really important to me. Additionally, I plan on applying to linguistics PhD programs after finishing my MA, so I want to go to a school that will give me a fighting chance at getting into a top PhD program. I'm having trouble deciding between these two universities because they both offer really different opportunities (UNC is more theoretical whereas NC State is more applied) but also both have research interests I really enjoy. Financially, I have more funding from UNC, but only by $2k/year. In terms of surface-level attraction to each school, I really enjoy them both but I can't get over the name recognition UNC has over NC State. My advisor says NC State has more renowned faculty but I'm just a bit adrift in my decision making process. Any comments or advice, especially if you have experience with either school, is greatly appreciated!
  8. I have a B. Tech in physics but I have been working for the past 5+ years in a position that is not related to my major (Astronomy). This has made it near impossible for me to get into any good schools for an Astronomy Masters/PhD. I only have online certifications as Ling. prerequisites but I am quite eager to try for a masters in Linguistics. I have good scores in GRE(Verbal:162; Quant: 168; AWA;4.0) and TOEFL (117/120) and my CGPA in my undergrad was 8.4/10. Is it a wholly impractical idea? If not, what can I do to improve my chances of acceptance?
  9. Hi, I would like to know if there are any current grad students from UBC Vancouver here. I will be starting my PhD in linguistics at UBC in fall 20, and would love to get in touch with the current/upcoming students beforehand! Cheers! -Aaditya
  10. I'm a Canadian (undergrad) student studying linguistics, interested in going into SLP in the U.S. The course requirements for SLPs are different for Canadian schools and U.S. schools. I'm looking at some of the courses that most U.S school (e.g. NYU) require such as "Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism", "Reading and Writing in Children with Speech and Language Disorders", "Articulation Disorders in Children and Adults", and I noticed that some of these courses are not offered at school. How do we determine which courses that our school offers is eligible to be considered as equivalent to the prerequisite courses? It also requires an additional coursework in biological science, just wondering where we can determine which courses qualify (and are related to SLP)? If anyone has experience moving from Canada to U.S to study SLP please share?
  11. Got an offer from CUNY and Georgetown University - anyone who is already attending one of these programs , or anyone also got an offer? I am actually deciding between the 2 now. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
  12. Hello everyone, I am going to apply for 2020 Fall linguistics PHD programs in US. My research interest is theoretical syntax and Chinese linguistics. I really need your advice on which universities are providing this kind of program and how competitive these universities are. My background: I obtained my B.A. in linguistics in Beihang Univerisity in China (one of China's top polytechnical universities, specializing in aeronautics and national defense technology.), which is not a traditionally-acknowledged prestigious university in Modern languages(Subject Ranking around 200 worldwide), yet the English linguistics of my university is famous in China with several principal investigators. I continue to pursue my M.A. in Linguistics in University College London (UCL). But it is only a one-year program and I will graduate at the end of August, 2019. I also applied for the second master degree in UCL and the program is named “Linguistics with a specialization in Syntax”. It is also a one-year program and I will be enrolled in September, 2019 and will graduate in August, 2020. Actually, my research focus is not always about syntax. My BA thesis is about corpus-based sociolinguistics. But my first MA thesis (I am working on it) is about theoretical syntax especially the Chinese syntax. The topic is “The structure of V-V constructions in Mandarin”. (Of course, my second MA thesis will also focus on theoretical syntax.) My advantages: 1. GPA: GPA for BA: 3.75 GPA for first MA: 67.8 (Merit) [In UK, average score above 70 is distinct. 60-69 is merit. 50-59 is pass.] 2. GRE: 151V+170Q+4.5AW IELTS: Overall: 8 ( R: 8.5, L: 8.5, W:7.5, S:6.5) 3. Honors: Received a third prize of “Fengru” cup (Fengru cup is one of famous prize in Beihang University, which encourages student to invent something. This is especially designed for the science student. As for art student, we have to submit the paper. The paper is in Chinese) Also received some other prizes. 4. Second master degree?? (I am not sure whether it is an advantage) My disadvantages: 1. No papers: I am still working with my supervisor on my thesis. I would try to publish it. 2. My verbal score of GRE is only 151. It is too bad. I don’t know whether my AW score 4.5 can make up for it. So sad. Dream Universities: UCB, the most desired school. But I know it is too competitive and I don’t think that I can succeed. But I think that I will still try to contact my dream professor. University of Southern California. Also my dream school !!! There are three professors whose research focus on Chinese linguistics and theoretical syntax.But I wish to know more about the detail of this program like whether it is so competitive that I don’t even have a chance. More advice on this program is highly suggested!]. Purdue. I also found one dream professor. But I fail to search enough information about the linguistics program in this university. So I would really appreciate if you guys can provide me with more details. Rutgers. I also found one dream professor. But like Purdue, I do not know much about the program in this university. Also, I don’t know whether this program is competitive. If you know more about the linguistics program especially with a focus on theoretical syntax and Chinese linguistics, just leave a message for me! I would really appreciate it! Thank you guys~
  13. Hey y'all, I'm a senior undergrad looking into a linguistics MA (and eventually PhD). I have a ton of interests in linguistics but I would say my main focuses are sociolinguistics (especially in minority communities), phonetics, and psycholinguistics. I've done a lot of research on grad schools that specialize in this but would love to get recommendations from those who have already been through the application process. I'm still not quite sure if my stats are ivy-league level but I would like to apply to 1 or 2. Some background on myself: I've been doing undergrad research at my university since sophomore year, primarily on sociolinguistics and with a fairly well known dialectologist. Within this field I've done work on American's accommodation towards British English while living in the UK, field work on refugee English acquisition and the social implications of learning English, and am going to be doing my senior thesis on the phonetics of vowels in the South. I have a 3.8 GPA, am getting a certificate in digital humanities (essentialy data processing for humanities data), have studied abroad and done research at Oxford, and am working in a sociology lab next semester. I haven't taken the GRE so unfortunately I don't have any scores yet. Unrelated to my major I have a lot of extracirricular experience working with refugees (I was president of a refugee outreach club last year, began a high school outreach group to help some locals become college-ready, and am currently working at a refugee nonprofit). I'm hoping to somehow incorporate my passion for this topic into my applications since it's been such a major part of my life in college. My top schools rn are Stanford (reach), U of Hawaii, NYU, Oxford, UC Davis, Santa Cruz, and Arizona. If anyone knows of good programs elsewhere please reply, I'd love to hear about it! Best, Leah.
  14. Hello, all! I wanted to get opinions on the best linguistics PhD programs that have a strong focus on historical linguistics, specifically Indo-European linguistics. The program that seems like the best fit so far (UCLA's IES program https://pies.ucla.edu/) appears to be the only one of its kind. What are other examples of top-tier PhD programs in linguistics that have faculty with research interests/who teach courses on historical and Indo-European linguistics? Thanks!
  15. Hi, I just got a PhD offer in Linguistics at University of Kansas and MSc in computational linguistics at Brandeis University. I am an undergraduate in linguistics with some trainings in computer science, and I am interested in computational psycholinguistics. The PhD program at Kansas University is great, good supervisor and funding package. However, I am attracted to both psycholinguistics and computational linguistics and KU only has psycholinguistic track. While I am still waiting for a few master program in computational linguistics, I was wondering if a master program in computational linguistics will give a good preparation for PhD application next year. I think it is always good to learn some programming and statistics, and it might bring a job in the industry. I am just concerned that what if I find myself more suitable for linguistic research but cannot get an offer as good as KU in the future? I really appreciate any advice! Thanks so much.
  16. I'm a first year student at a university which doesn't offer a linguistics undergrad program. I've been told by multiple professors and researchers in the field that I need a ling undergrad to have any chance at going to a good school (like UCLA, Stanford, etc.) for grad school. Is this still true? It appears that from some of the posts here and other people I've talked to that I may not, but I'm still on the fence. If I transfer undergrad schools, I'll leave the friends I've made so far, probably have to retake multiple courses, and incur a ton of debt (not including grad school). However, if I stay, I'll keep my presidential scholarship and my friends but I might miss out on the chance to study linguistics as a career and I don't know what my backup plan will be. Any suggestions?
  17. Anyone on here applying to Tulane for Anthropology or Linguistics this year? I've applied to both Anthropology (cultural) and EEB for PhDs, and my partner applied for Anthropology (linguistic) and Linguistics. Tulane is our top choice, so I'm super nervous about getting in/getting funding! My GPA is okay (3.35 for unofficial transcript, probably gonna be 3.5 by final transcript - it's mostly my freshman year weighing me down), as are my GRE scores (QU: 150, QA: 160, W: 4.5), but I've got 2 major research projects, 2 internships, a small business (unrelated to the field of study), and even kinda-sorta a published paper under my belt! Plus my statement of purpose was good (I hope), and my LORs were amazing, or at least my professors thought highly of me... My POI showed significant interest (I think, he seemed to like my research ideas, interests, and what not, but just kept encouraging me to apply), as did my partner's, but I just don't know if I can make the cut! I just wanna know! It's hard enough hoping for your own spot, but I'm riding on my partner getting in too!!! Anyone else super stressed?
  18. Hi all, I had a question about gaining admission to PhD programs in linguistics with unconventional credentials. I am currently a JD student at a top 5 law school, and was hoping to complete a PhD either alongside or after the JD. I completed a dual degree in undergrad with BAs in humanities and a foreign language, as well as a minor in linguistics, and won most outstanding student in the language department my last two years. I took multiple grad-level linguistics courses, and worked as a research assistant for one of my ling professors. My overall GPA was a 4.0. After undergrad, I taught English abroad for a year before going to law school. My question is, without an MA and other normal qualifications, how feasible would it be to gain admission to a good PhD program in linguistics? I am planning on following the normal recommended advice of reaching out to potential advisors and carefully crafting my personal statement to each individual department, as well as casting a wide net to different programs, but was wondering if that would be enough. If not, what specific things might I do to help strengthen my case? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance
  19. Does anyone know if UPenn has send out all interview invites for linguistics graduate admissions yet? Do they notify students of rejection too?
  20. Hello, First of all, congratulations to everyone who got accepted for grad school. I just got rejected from Yale and I guess I will be rejected by other institutions I applied (NYU is the one that makes me feel the worst), I need some help to make better my application for the next year, I just wanted to know a little about the application forms of PhD candidates who are accepted to Yale, or any other American institution. Is GRE that much important? (as a foreign student) is there a min score for TOEFL (though it says that there is not in Yal's site, apparently there is a min score, isn't it?) ? Are grades that much important (because i'm a turkish student, studying in Paris since the bachelor's and master's degree, that's why my grades are not mind blowing)? To sum up, can you please help me to classify what is crucial, how to prepare the SOP etc. please? How was your application forms? what do you think caught the eye of the committee..? Thanks a lot in advance,
  21. Anyone on here applying to Tulane for Anthropology or Linguistics this year? I've applied to both Anthropology (cultural) and EEB for PhDs, and my partner applied for Anthropology (linguistic) and Linguistics. Tulane is our top choice, so I'm super nervous about getting in/getting funding! My GPA is okay (3.35 for unofficial transcript, probably gonna be 3.5 by final transcript - it's mostly my freshman year weighing me down), as are my GRE scores (QU: 150, QA: 160, W: 4.5), but I've got 2 major research projects, 2 internships, a small business (unrelated to the field of study), and even kinda-sorta a published paper under my belt! Plus my statement of purpose was good (I hope), and my LORs were amazing, or at least my professors thought highly of me... My POI showed significant interest (I think, he seemed to like my research ideas, interests, and what not, but just kept encouraging me to apply), as did my partner's, but I just don't know if I can make the cut! I just wanna know! It's hard enough hoping for your own spot, but I'm riding on my partner getting in too!!! Anyone else super stressed?
  22. Hello all, I am wondering what other programmes are there that have heavy focus in Clinical Linguistics research (diagnosis and rehabilitation), be it acquired or developmental language disorders. I know of the following, and if you have experience with them, I'd love to hear what you think of them as options EMCL+ (EU) Uni Potsdam's IECL (DE) Groningen's MA in Linguistics (NL) Utrecht's MA in Linguistics (not as specialised but with some related research groups) (NL) McMaster's Experimental Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics (CA) Some of the things I am looking for in a programme: English-taught (I know some German, but not enough to do academic work in it) Relatively competitive Access to neuroling research labs and/or clinical practice Opportunities for scholarships and/or stipend positions (I'm willing to work hard, but I am reluctant of tying a debt millstone around my neck) My background is in General Linguistics, without a lot of neuroscience, medical science, or statistics unfortunately. But I have some research experience and traineeships in relevant labs. My BA thesis is related to aphasia. My academic performance so far has been near top 1% of my department (I don't know officially). I do not have any publications yet, and no presentations in prestigious conferences. It has its minuses and pluses, so all in all I want to try for competitive programmes and see if I can get in.
  23. I want to pursue a PhD in linguistics. Due to family matters, I am unable to apply this cycle, but I am looking towards next steps. I graduated from undergrad last year with a dual degree in linguistics and Romance languages, and this year I am a Fulbright ETA. My interests are historical linguistics and Indo-European languages (esp. Latin, Romance languages, and Eastern Romance in the Balkans). I believe that my academic performance is strong, and my time as a Fulbright Scholar is also a plus. However, my weakness is a lack of independent research experience. I served as a research assistant in undergrad, but I did not have an independent thesis or conference papers. It seems more common for people to apply to a PhD program without a MA. Is this the new norm or is it better to have further study before jumping into a PhD? What do you think would be the best next step? 1) Post-Bacc studies PRO: bolster up ancient language skills, gain research experience CON: $$$, Does it make me look underprepared? Is it superfluous? 2) MA in Linguistics PRO: More research experience CON: $$$ 3) Apply directly to PhD PRO: a faster route to my ultimate goal; you get your MA along the way CON: Am I under-prepared? A non-competitive applicant? Any advice is appreciated!!
  24. Hi, guys. I am a fourth grade bachelor student majoring in English language and literature, from Asia, and being admitted into three linguistics master program: Purdue, Georgetown (general concentration), Michigan State. I'm still waiting for UCSC and Boston University (maybe I will not go to BU). Purdue offers a TA position and waive my tuition. A professor in Michigan State's department of linguistics told me I probably get funding in the second year. Georgetown said there will be no funding in the two-year program. I'm interested in formal semantics, and want to learn some skills and knowledge in computational linguistics. My question is which program is the best choice? And which one might help me apply for a top linguistics PhD program two years later? Is it possible to apply for a PhD in NLP or Artificial Intelligence?
  25. I am in my last year of BA in Linguistics (University of Huddersfield, England) and I am interested in studying the Bergamasque dialect (more info on the dialect at the bottom). At the moment, research of this dialect might be a little problematic because of the scarcity of available empirical data on its use. I would like to build a comprehensive corpus of this dialect allowing other linguists to carry out more research. To carry out this project, should I look for an institution that specialises in dialectology or corpus linguistics? Or both? Should the university specialise in a specific range of dialects? Should I opt for a Master or a PhD? Do you know any university which might want to support me in this project? Please, let me know if you have any idea on how I should proceed. Thank you. ________________________________ More info about the dialect: Bergamasque (in Italian: Bergamasco; in Bergamasque: Bergamàsch) is a dialect of the Italo-Gallic Lombard Language, a dialect primarily spoken in the Italian town of Bergamo and the surrounding region. As a “standard version” of the Lombard Language has not officially been defined, people are only known to speak varieties (dialects) of such languages, Bergamasque being one of them.
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