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  1. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xBFjnYu8p9cCe7_ZSr2RefPNYqiAxngPXiGG4HO9kd8/edit?usp=sharing It's for a Master's program in Applied Linguistics, but even if you're not familiar with the field, I'd appreciate any and all feedback on it. You can leave a comment here, message me, or leave comments in the document. I'm admittedly a novice at grad school applications, but in return I'm willing to read your SOP and give any feedback I can.
  2. 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
  3. PhD in Psycholinguistics

    Hi guys, I'd like to do a PhD in psycholinguistics after completing my bachelor degree. Currently I'm trying to decide where I should send my applications to. Does anyone know which institutions provide a good program in psycholinguistics? Are there any leading professors in this field that you admire? Thanks!
  4. Hello all, Thank you for your reply in advance! I am a 2017 fall PhD applicant who received all rejections, but was offered funded MAs instead. I clearly overestimated myself last year, because I was aiming the top-notch schools with my BA and one-year, non-thesis MA out of the US. Starting with an MA seems like a correct path, so I have decided to take the offer. That means I will be attending to an MA program 2017 fall. Since PhD is my final destination, I am considering if it's possible or even ethical to re-apply to the 2018 fall PhD programs this year (during my first semester as an MA student)? Here's a few things that I am concerned of: 1. Is it possible that I could ask for LORs from professors in the MA program? If I'm applying 2018 fall, I will need their letters by November 2017, which may not give them enough time to know me well. 2. Is it ethical to ask for LORs from professors in the program that I am attending to? I will, of course, apply to the PhD program at the same department, but I will definitely apply for more programs. With that being said, if I am admitted to other programs, it means I will leave the current MA program without graduation. Is it bad to ask professors to do so? 3. When I asked the graduate coordinator about re-applying to the PhD program 2018 fall, she told me that my application will be reviewed with the 2018 fall applicant pool, and my MA credits cannot be transferred to the PhD program. It makes me thinking that if I got into a new PhD program, will my first-year MA credits be accepted? Or is it just this school? You might be wondering why I am rushing through re-applying in 2018 fall. The reason is that I already got an MA degree in the same field but with different concentration, then I worked full-time for another two years. Now that I am determined to do PhD, I do not want to waste any time doing another MA. It would be great if you could share with me your opinions. Any suggestions or advices are appreciated! Thanks a lot!
  5. British survey respondents needed

    Hi, Could spare 15 minutes to help me with my survey? I’m a student on a teacher training programme in Germany, and for my degree thesis in English linguistics, I’m researching dark humour in the British TV comedy The League of Gentlemen. You’re not required to know anything about The League of Gentlemen, you’re going going to rate a couple video clips. If you don’t want to that’s fine, too. Thanks! Link: https://www.soscisurvey.de/humourdiscourse2017/ Password: laugh
  6. Hey y'all - I'm starting to apply to PhD programs for Fall 218, and by starting I simply mean narrowing down a long list of possible choices. I am a bit nervous about my chances of being accepted, but was hoping to connect with folks who may have experience with any of the following institutions: McGill University, University of Michigan, University of Rochester, UCLA, and CUNY (listed in preference) A bit about me: BA Modern Language, MA Applied Linguistics - interested in how humans interact with language, especially in digital formats, and its production, generally. Currently working abroad and putting my MA to work, but as this comes to a close soon I'd like to start the next chapter in doctorate level coursework. A few questions, please feel free to answer a few or just give me a nudge in the right direction: When did you start your applications and what did it look like from start to finish? I've come across several programs (listed above) that permit concentrations in Cognitive Science, which dabbles in introductory work related to computational linguistics - though my background is AL, how do you think this interest would be perceived by admissions committees? Though I am interested in academia, a tiny part of me is interested in industry as well - especially with the chance to start coursework in AI - should I express this in applications, or strictly stick to fluffing up academia? What else should I know?! Hope to hear back. HV
  7. I am beginning to put together a summer reading list that is probably overly ambitious and it got me thinking that there should be a thread for summer reading for social scientists. I would really like to see what books other people have on their to-read lists, no matter the disciplinary background. [My background includes sociology, anthropology, WGS (women's, gender, and sexuality studies, and French.] I'd also be interested in hearing whether and how everyone annotates what they read. Are you revisiting theory you read (or skimmed) during the semester? Are you focusing on classics in your discipline or working your way through some more contemporary works? Are you branching out from the literature in your discipline? Do you do this in an effort to keep it all straight and help with finding the right resources when you are writing? Or is it more for retention of information? Habit? Let's talk about what we read, why we read it, and how we organize our thoughts about it.
  8. Selection of MA discipline

    I am currently a BA student in Mumbai, India in my second year. My subjects are sociology, anthropology and ancient Indian culture. I am planning to pursue something along the lines of linguistics and sociology after my third year. However, I am pretty clueless about which universities are good for linguistics and what would be the job prospects thereafter. It'd be great if someone could guide me regarding the same.
  9. Hey Fall 2017 applicants for Computational Linguistics! How's everyone doing? Have you heard from the schools you applied? Is anyone still waiting to hear from University of Washington, Brandeis University or University of Rochester? Brandeis University emailed me saying they want to interview me about 2 weeks ago, but I still haven't heard anything about the appointment for the interview. I saw some people accepted to Brandeis University's Comp. Ling program in mid March. I hope this is not a sign for rejection..
  10. Hello, everyone. My name is Max. I'm doing a thesis about the perception of initial consonant clusters, especially looking at the illegal consonant clusters. I choose Russian because it allows many cluster combinations. I'm developing word list to use in my experiments and I need help from a Russian to check my word list. If anyone has some free time and is willing to help me, please let me know down here or email me at [email protected] Thank you Max
  11. 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?
  12. University of Arizona SLAT

    Hello there! I've just accepted University of Arizona's offer for the PhD SLAT program beginning in Fall 2017. I'll be moving there in July or August and it'd be great to know some familiar names before I get there. Who else is accepting?
  13. I'm an international undergrad applying for graduate programs in linguistics. I've been accepted into a fully funded (tuition + stipend) master's program in Europe, and a partially funded (tuition waiver, RA for the first year but not really enough for living) PhD in the States; now I'm in a serious dilemma on which one to choose, and I'd appreciate any advice from you all! Pros for the Europe master's: 1. Funding is very sufficient 2. Might get into great PhD programs with full funding when I apply again with a stronger profile 3. It's going to be a wonderful experience studying in multiple countries - it's a consortium kind of program Cons: 1. No guarantee that I'd get in anywhere (especially with funding) if I reapply; and this program is probably not very well-known in the States, which might put me in disadvantage (anyways my undergrad school is not famous either though) Pros for the US PhD: 1. No need to apply again to PhD - and it's in the US; most schools in the US are thought as more prestigious than most schools in other countries, at least in my field 2. Professors there are great 3. The city the school locates in is wonderful Cons: 1. The funding situation seems very difficult, and workload of teaching and research part-time jobs is very heavy. Also, conference travelling funds, research funds and dissertation funds are all competitive - correct me if I'm wrong, but I assume some schools include all those as guaranteed in their full funding packages? Plus, international students are not allowed to work off-campus, so I have to solely rely on on-campus jobs to survive. Both curriculums are great - they are roughly in the same subfield, so I don't have a preference on this between the two. I'd like to know what would you suggest. In fact, how common it is for PhD programs to give not-fully-funded offers? And if I choose the Europe master's, am I taking too much risk - as things will probably only get more competitive after two years? Thank you so much in advance!!
  14. Has anyone heard from Hofstra?

    Hi everyone, I am curious if anyone else has heard back from Hofstra for the Master's Forensic Linguistics program? And when, what the result was, if you are willing to share? Thanks!
  15. Hello everybody, I'm finishing my MA and am interested in applying for linguistics PhD programs in non-English-speaking countries, specifically European countries such as Germany, Netherlands, Norway, etc. However, a professor in my department told me that when she would hire a professor, she would have a question mark if the applicant had his/her PhD from Europe. She did say that Netherlands seemed OK, though. And I've had some people who told me that the research environments in France and Germany aren't as good as in the US. What is your opinion on doing a linguistics PhD in continental Europe? Do countries like Netherlands or the Scandinavian countries offer good research environment? What about the job prospects afterward? I would appreciate your advices. Edit: I am interested in cognitive semantics, and I plan to go into academia after my PhD.
  16. Does anyone know when Rutgers University makes PhD admission decisions in Linguistics?
  17. I have seen that someone has put his/her acceptance to Linguistics PhD of SUNY Buffalo. But I have not heard anything from the department.And nothing has been updated on the application site. I don't know whether the interview requests are sent at the same time, or sent seperately according to subfields.... Or applications are reviewed differently for US applicants and international applicants. Are acceptance letters sent prior to the rejection letters? These things are haunting in my mind recently, which is really annoying. I am now so anxious and depressed......
  18. Hi all! Just registered here, so I"ll introduce myself. My name is Molly and I'm hoping to apply for general linguistics PhD programs this coming fall, 2017. I graduated from Williams in 2014 and did a sort of "create-your-own" major within the liberal arts curriculum. Williams lost its linguistics department right before I matriculated, so I ended up combining classes in cogsci, computer science, English lit, philosophy, German and Arabic to approximate a linguistics major. It was somewhat of a survey of theories of language across disciplines. I was able to take one introductory ling class at Williams (and actually became the TA for it) and then took a few masters-level ling classes when I studied abroad in Dublin. My GPA hovers around a 3.5, but is higher in junior/senior year and within my major. Now I'm hoping to study theoretical/generative linguistics, syntax, psycholinguistics and rhetoric. I've been aware for a while that I'll probably have to be ready to defend my readiness for a PhD given this self-designed major. This I plan to accomplish by preparing a killer statement of purpose and writing sample. My main concern is the writing sample. Coming from a liberal arts background, especially with no linguistics department, I had very little opportunity to do any serious research. My best papers from undergrad are theoretical explorations from English/philosophy, and don't have solid research underpinnings. I have a few linguistics papers from my time abroad, but they're nowhere near the quality of my papers done at my home school. I feel overwhelmed at the prospect of attempting a linguistics research paper on my own. Given my background, do you think it will be important for me to demonstrate my ability to do research by writing a new paper, or do you think it would be OK to rework a more theoretical paper I did in undergrad? Thanks so much!
  19. Old/Norman French documents

    Hi! I'm a student of English Studies from Poland and this year I'm writing my BA dissertation on "The Influence of the Norman Invasion on English Language". In the 1st chapter I wanted to present how Old English and Norman French looked like before the invasion but I lack any information on the latter. If you could direct me to some websites, books, or articles on the topic, I would appreciate it very much. These may include linguistic records of the language of Normans and the language before the Vikings had settled in Normandy. Thanks in advance! PS. Perhaps some of you are able to translate the above into French. If you could, I would post this on some French speaking blogs and maybe receive some feedback there as well.
  20. I have all my materials together and have spent the last few weeks actually filling out grad school applications (!!!). Since I am submitting relatively close to the deadlines (most are due the 15th), I haven't been establishing any new contact with POIs since I don't want to come off as brown-nosing. I've mentioned 2-3 professors at each school in my SOP, which I figure provides the same motivation for them to pay attention to my application as an e-mail (I'm indicating interest in working on their research, plus having a few professors covers me in case one is on leave/retiring/out of funding/etc.). However, some applications (specifically UChicago and Yale) have a space to list my contact with professors. Does this mean they are expecting everyone who applies to contact them? At this point (1.5 weeks from the deadline), what am I even supposed to write to a POI in an e-mail, beyond "Hi, My name is X, I'm interested in Y and would love to work on your research in Y.1 and just wanted to let you know that I mentioned you in my SOP"? I feel like anything I write at this point will be taken as an attempt to "game" the system in some way, but at the same time, I'm worried that not listing any contact would indicate a lack of interest.
  21. Thesis

    I am writing a thesis on the language of magicians creating the illusion of being mediums and those who claim to be real mediums using transcription of spoken discourse. I feel Conversation analysis and pragmatics suit this could others suggest theories they feel would work well and show clear analysis. Thanks Ilan
  22. Hi everyone, new to this subforum, sorry if this has been asked like 3000 times. I'm considering trying to get into computational linguistics (planning to take an intro compsci course this coming spring regardless). I'm currently trying to apply to speech-pathology schools but if/when I don't get in this year I am moving on to do something else and compling sounds like my nerd dream come true. However, I feel like my past is the thing stopping me from getting in. My undergrad GPA was 3.07; my best GRE scores are 163V, 152Q, 3.5AW (AW may go up, just took it recently and those scores aren't up yet). My leveling courses for speech had a GPA of 3.34 but they are mostly irrelevant for this field. I know compling will be very challenging for me since up until now my brain hasn't liked numbers/math very much but I know if I apply myself and don't go in thinking 'I'm bad at math' I'll learn a lot better and maybe even be good at it. I've kicked my depression's butt to boot, so I know i can get work done now and succeed and improve on my past grades. How can I start now to prove this to adcomms when I apply next year? (I'm mostly looking at UW's online program, but I also know I don't learn well online-only, so...) Thanks in advance!
  23. Fall 2017 PhD Application

    Soooo seems kinda quiet around here with the fall 2017 PhD application to Linguistics. Is no one applying this year?? Tell me now so I can apply to Harvard lololol just kiddinggggg. But seriously - anyone submit any applications yet?? How's it going...???
  24. I'm working on applying to several linguistics PhD programs for Fall 2017, specifically for historical linguistics/language documentation (with an emphasis on linguistic geography). I just took the GRE and got a 157 (67th percentile) for quantitative and a 168 (98th percentile) on verbal (I expect my essay scores will be similarly high). I understand that linguistics grad applications are typically considered quite holistically, and overall I do feel good about my position - I have pretty good grades (3.76 GPA), I have good relationships with the three professors writing recommendations for me, I'm confident that I'll be able to write myself strong statements of purpose, and I've begun emailing and building relationships with professors at the schools I'm interested in. (A potential weak point is the fact that I don't have a bachelor's in linguistics - I have a Geographic Information Science B.S., a Political Science B.A., and a linguistics minor.) So it doesn't seem particularly imperative for me to retake the GRE to get a quantitative score more in the range of the 75th-80th percentile, but I have the nagging worry that someone with similar qualifications and interests will edge me out on the basis of their higher quant score. Is this a realistic concern? Obviously it's ultimately up to me, but would it be a worthwhile investment to study more and retake for a higher quant score?
  25. Background: I studied CS as an undergrad, but I feel myself to be equally passionate about languages. I did TOEFL and SAT in high school with decent grades, went on a one-year exchange at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and learnt Spanish, and now I want to learn German and explore Europe, thus my applications to German universities. Honestly, during my time as an undergrad I didn't see myself very interested in a CS research career (the project I got involved in didn't go particularly well), and feel I would rather work as a programmer than committing myself to a PhD program. However, I haven't tried out anything related to computational linguistics yet (the professor in charge of this program at my university left when I enrolled, and no CS professor does related researches), thus I think if I ever do a Master's degree, I'd rather do a more theoretical one and lay foundation in case I ever go on to do a PhD. (I don't think the job as a programmer needs much training from a Master's program anyways.) Currently, I have received offers from Universität Tübingen in M.A. Computational Linguistics (Winter), Universität Stuttgart in M.Sc. Computer Science (Autonomous Systems) (Summer) and TU Darmstadt in M.Sc. Distributed Computing (Summer), with other decisions pending such as those from TU München in Computer Science/Data Science and the ITIS program http://www.itis-graduateschool.de/%20(basically all the remaining programs are more traditionally CS rather than CL). My application at Universität Stuttgart for M.Sc. Computational Linguistics was unsuccessful, presumably because they think I'll have too much catching up to do in the field of linguistics. I'm considering whether to accept the offer from Tübingen outright and tell the other schools to stop the process already. My main concern is that Tübingen seems to be a school more renowned in humanities/natural science than engineering, and the program website for computational linguistics http://www.sfs.uni-tuebingen.de/study-iscl/en/%20http://www.sfs.uni-tuebingen.de/en/courses-of-study/courses-of-study-at-the-sfs/international-studies-in-computational-linguistics/international-ma-programme-iscl.html seems to be a bit out of maintenance for a couple of years, with several broken links, which makes me a bit worried. Actually I was more inclined to join the M.Sc. CL program at Universität Stuttgart (seemingly focuses more on the computational aspect than the humanities aspect) but since I was rejected, this is no longer an option. Of course, I mean no disrespect for Tübingen and I hope my misgivings are all baseless, and that the program at Tübingen would help me learn the subject and prepare for a potential PhD with equal efficacy as any other. It's just an impression I got on the university based on its common reputation which I hope to be debunked. It would be best if there is somebody who studied computational linguistics at Tübingen who can give me some insight about its career prospect. Or maybe just somebody who is well versed in computational linguistics in general and knows the quality of various CL programs/research groups including that of Tübingen. Also, in general, if I want to go on the path of PhD, which one among the above mentioned three programs that admitted me would be the most sensible choice (in terms of research opportunities/international recognition of research projects etc.)? By the way, since I never really tried out linguistics, there is the possibility that I actually don't like the field once I get into it. In this case, I wonder whether it would still be possible for me to drop out and switch to another more traditional M.Sc. Program at another university in which I've been admitted before (submitting a new application, of course). I think I've seen some cases of switching programs/universities midway through, but I'm not sure how German universities treat new applications from students who already rejected their offers once before. I see a question during my application asking whether I had once been admitted before by the program, though. This has been a longwinded post. Thank you very much for your time and I appreciate any help you might be able to offer.