Linguistics (M.A.)

Do you already have a bachelor’s degree in linguistics or do you have a strong interest in linguistic analysis and interpretation? Then the Master’s degree programme in Linguistics offers the perfect opportunity to deepen and expand your knowledge.

What is the degree program about?

The master’s degree program is aimed at students who are interested in languages, the function and change of language systems and how people deal with language. The main subjects are German, English and the Romance languages, with perspectives on other languages as well. The students have the opportunity to focus more on the area of applied and descriptive linguistics or on the area of historical linguistics and variational linguistics, depending on their own interests.

The main topics of the degree program are grammar and grammar theory, language change and language variation, multilingualism research and language acquisition as well as lexicography. Dealing with empirical methods in linguistics also plays a major role, e.g. in corpus linguistics.

On the basis of these topics, the degree program imparts in-depth knowledge of language and of languages, of their structure and history. The students deal intensively with the methods of analyzing and describing language. The degree program teaches you to critically analyze linguistic statements and theoretical-methodological concepts and to critically question theory- and corpus-based research. Due to the close connection between research and teaching, there are also offers to participate in ongoing research projects and to try out possibilities for your own scientific specialization.

A special feature of the Linguistics master’s degree program is the close connection between research and teaching.

  • In the lecture series in the first semester, students get to know the key research areas of linguistics at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, in an interdisciplinary manner that goes beyond the core subjects of English, German and Romance studies.
  • In the research-related module in the 2nd/3rd During the semester, the students attend lectures by foreign and international guest scientists and discuss their research with them. This is done in collaboration with two research institutes at FAU:
    • Interdisciplinary Center for Dialects and Language Variation: the IZ for Dialects and Language Variation is dedicated to researching linguistic variation and language contact in various linguistically oriented subjects and offers lectures, research colloquia and conferences.
    • Interdisciplinary center for lexicography, valence and collocation research: the IZ for lexicography, valence and collocation research based at FAU networks and coordinates research from various subjects represented at FAU, which deals with the use of words in larger linguistic units and the description of this word use have. The IZ offers guest lectures, conferences and workshops on these topics.
  • In the 2nd or 3rd semester there is also the opportunity to work on a linguistic research project as part of the project module.

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