XiaoMeng Posted August 11, 2019 Share Posted August 11, 2019 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~ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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