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Postgraduate study in TAL

Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics


MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

University of Cambridge

Outline of the MPhil

The course integrates study of linguistic theory, broadly understood, and applied linguistics, in a single programme. It provides great variety and flexibility of content, with subject-specific training and the opportunity for diverse intellectual interactions. These can occur across the wide range of research specialisms represented in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (TAL) and beyond - especially elsewhere in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages (MML). Thus, 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 (e.g. Italian linguistics, Germanic linguistics, etc.). 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. Most students will pursue the MPhil through the combined route, involving assessed essays as well as a thesis, but some may wish to be considered for the thesis-only route.

The combined route (course code MLM5)

The thesis-only route (course code MLM9)

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A new research project funded by a Cambridge Humanities Research Grant is launched in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Rethinking Being Gricean: New Challenges for Metapragmatics is led by Professor Kasia Jaszczolt with Dr Roberto Sileo as Research Associate. The project runs until 31 July 2018. You can read more about...