Linguistics is concerned with natural language. Theoretical linguistics is theory driven: it looks at natural language in a principled way. Statements made by a theory have testable consequences, therefore theories are refutable. This restricts the set of possible statements in theoretical linguistics. If you are interested in what such statements are like, how they can be construed and developed, you may consider specializing in theoretical linguistics. You may also opt for us if you are interested in the history of English from Indo-European times to our days, how the language has changed from Beowulf, through Chaucer to Shakespeare and beyond, or if you want to get to know more about the current varieties of the modern lingua franca of the world.
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If you are a BA student without a minor subject, you may take the so-called pick-and-choose specialization track, which offers you courses in linguistics. If you do have a minor subject, you can only spend your 7 free credits on such courses. You may select a linguistic topic for your thesis.
For MA students specialization in linguistics means that except for 5 nonlinguistic courses in the first two terms your whole curriculum comprises such courses. MA students are also eligible for teaching assistantship. Applications are usually collected in June.
For PhD students we offer the PhD programme in English linguistics.