MA Linguistics

Subject Matter

The ability to deal with worldwide language varieties and with different linguistic cultures is a key skill without which mutual understanding and – ultimately also sustainable – international contacts are not possible. The programme aims to take up these challenges by imparting basic skills needed to comprehend and describe linguistic variety from different theoretical and empirical perspectives. Skills in speech theory, linguistic knowledge, and communication are to be acquired and broadened on three interlinked levels. The Bachelor's degree programme in Linguistics is aimed at new students who are interested in the communicative and inter-cultural aspect of language as well as those interested in speech theory and comparative linguistics..

Characteristics

  • Certificate: Master of Arts
  • Restriction: university-inside
  • TIP: For licensing the choice of a main focus is necessary with the registration to the study. The licensing conditions differ after the specialist main focuses. A unique change of the main focus is possible till the end of the second professional semester, provided that the licensing conditions for the main focus elective anew are also fulfilled. The change is to be discussed with the affected main representatives and to inform the coordinators/female co-coordinators of MA Linguistics. (Licensing conditions: see there)
  • Beginning master linguistics (M.A).: Since winter term 2011/12
  • Study beginning: In winter semester and summer semester possible.
  • Average period of study: 4 semesters

A fast-track is possible

Licensing conditions

The licensing to MA linguistics assumes a bachelor-exam end (at least 6 semesters average period of study, at least 36 Credit points in linguistic lectures), e.g.: BA Linguistics Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz (major subject or minor subject) or another linguistically oriented BA certificates on Johannes Gutenberg-University or another German or foreign University (incl. B. Ed). The more exact specifications of certification requirements are specific for main focus and are regulated in the appendix to the order of the departments 02, 05 and 07 Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz for the check in the Master's course of studies. Knowledge of the English is assumed also. For the licensing the choice of a main focus is necessary with the registration to the study. A unique change of the main focus is possible till the end of the second professional semester, provided that the licensing conditions for the main focus elective anew are also fulfilled. Licensing conditions for the single main focuses of the MA programme within the scope of the involved fields or main focuses (entire version see above Examination regulations):

Master entrance requirements

Choice of a focus area is required when enrolling in the degree programme. The admission requirements vary according to the focus areas:

Focus on African Studies First university degree: Admission is conditional upon completion of a Bachelor's degree programme with a minimum standard period of study of six semesters at a university in Germany or abroad with a portion of the programme consisting of at least 36 credit points in Linguistics or African Studies/African Linguistics or an equivalent diploma with equivalent subject-related study and examination qualifications. Proof of participation in African language instruction totaling 14 credit points or equivalent achievements in a previous degree programme. If the Bachelor's diploma is not yet available, a minimum of 24 credit points in African Studies/African Linguistics must be verified before the application deadline. Admission is granted on the condition that a Bachelor's diploma is submitted within the first semester of the Master's degree programme which fully demonstrates the required 36 credit points.

Students must have very good passive knowledge of English to read extensive specialist texts fluently and understand specialist lectures and courses in this language. It is also assumed that students have acquired the ability to read, understand and work with French texts. (Proof is not required).

Focus on General Linguistics and Linguistics Typology First university degree: Admission requires the completion of a Bachelor's degree programme with a minimum standard period of study of six semesters at a university in Germany or abroad with a portion of the programme consisting of at least 36 credit points in Linguistics or an equivalent diploma with equivalent subject-related study and examination qualifications. If the Bachelor's diploma is not yet available, a minimum of 24 credit points in Linguistics must be verified before the application deadline. Admission is granted on the condition that a Bachelor's diploma is submitted within the first semester of the Master's degree programme which fully demonstrates the required 36 credit points.

Students must have very good passive knowledge of English to read extensive specialist texts fluently and understand specialist lectures and courses in this language.

Focus on English Linguistics First university degree: Admission requires the completion of a Bachelor's degree programme (including B.Ed.) with a minimum standard period of study of six semesters at a university in Germany or abroad with a portion of the programme consisting of at least 36 credit points in Linguistics or English Language/English Linguistics or an equivalent diploma with equivalent subject-related study and examination qualifications. If the Bachelor's diploma is not yet available, the applicant must prove a minimum of 24 credit points in Linguistics or English Language/English Linguistics before the application deadline. Admission is granted on the condition that a Bachelor's diploma is submitted within the first semester of the Master's degree programme which fully demonstrates the required 36 credit points.

Student must have very good active and passive knowledge of English to produce written course work and written and oral examination qualifications in English. As a rule, the language for teaching and examinations is English. In some parts of the course, German may also be used for teaching and examinations. Proof of language proficiency can be demonstrated in one of the following ways. The test results may not be older than two years at the time of the application deadline:

  • Passing the "Practical Language Admission Test" of the Department of English and Linguistics at JGU (examination of language competence at Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). The test may be repeated at the beginning of the next two semesters. A failure to pass the test the third time results in final failure. If the Admission Test can no longer be taken as a repeat effort, the student can no longer continue their study in the same Master's degree programme. Failing the Practical Language Admission Test will be counted as a failed attempt if subjects are changed within the English Department.
  • "Certificate in Advanced English" (offered by: Cambridge ESOL; with a minimum grade of: C)
  • "Certificate of Proficiency in English" (offered by: Cambridge ESOL; with a minimum grade of: C)
  • "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL; offered by: Educational Testing Service) with a minimum score of 85 out of 120 points (the Internet-based TOEFL [iBT]) or 567 out of 677 points (the written version of the TOEFL [IPT]).

 

Focus on Slavic Linguistics First university degree: Admission requires the completion of a Bachelor's degree programme (including B.Ed.) with a minimum standard period of study of six semesters at a university in Germany or abroad or a similar degree. At least 36 credit points must be in Linguistics or Slavic Linguistics. The applicant must provide proof of equivalent subject-related study and examination qualifications for degree programmes that do not have credit points. If the Bachelor's diploma is not yet available, a minimum of 24 credit points in Linguistics or Slavic Linguistics must be verified before the application deadline. Admission is granted on the condition that a Bachelor's diploma is submitted within the first semester of the Master's degree programme which fully demonstrates the required 36 credit points.

Students must have good active and passive knowledge of either two Slavic languages or a Slavic and a Baltic language both corresponding to a minimum level of B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The proof may be:

  • proven native speaker knowledge of the language
  • a final degree with a minimum of 36 credit points in Slavic Linguistics (the subject may also be listed under terms such as "Slavic Philology"). The applicant must provide proof of equivalent subject-related study and examination qualifications for degree programmes that do not have credit points
  • by an appropriate language certificate.

Students must have very good passive knowledge of English to read extensive specialist texts fluently and understand specialist lectures and courses in this language.

Focus on Northern European and Baltic Languages First university degree: Admission is conditional upon completion of a Bachelor's degree programme with a minimum standard period of study of six semesters at a university in Germany or abroad with a portion of the programme consisting of at least 36 credit points in Linguistics or Scandinavian Studies, Baltic Studies or Fenno-Baltic Studies and/or Fenno-Ugric Studies or an equivalent diploma with equivalent subject-related study and examination qualifications. If the Bachelor's diploma is not yet available, a minimum of 24 credit points in Linguistics or Scandinavian Studies, Baltic Studies or Fenno-Baltic Studies and/or Fenno-Ugric Studies must be verified before the application deadline. Admission is granted on the condition that a Bachelor's diploma is submitted within the first semester of the Master's degree programme which fully demonstrates the required 36 credit points.

Students must have basic active and passive knowledge of at least one Nordic (i.e. Scandinavian or Fenno-Baltic) language or one Baltic language corresponding to a minimum level of A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The proof may be

  • proven native speaker knowledge of the language
  • by an appropriate language certificate
  • a final degree with a minimum of 36 credit points in Scandinavian Studies, Baltic Studies, Fenno-Baltic Studies or an equivalent final degree with equivalent subject-related study and examination qualifications. The applicant must provide proof of equivalent subject-related study and examination qualifications for degree programmes that do not have credit points.

Students must have very good passive knowledge of English to read extensive specialist texts fluently and understand specialist lectures and courses in this language.

Focus on German Linguistics First university degree: Admission requires the completion of a Bachelor's degree programme (including B.Ed.) with a minimum standard period of study of six semesters at a university in Germany or abroad with a portion of the programme consisting of at least 36 credit points in Linguistics or German Linguistics or an equivalent diploma with equivalent subject-related study and examination qualifications. If the Bachelor's diploma is not yet available, a minimum of 24 credit points in Linguistics or German Linguistics must be verified before the application deadline. Admission is granted on the condition that a Bachelor's diploma is submitted within the first semester of the Master's degree programme which fully demonstrates the required 36 credit points.

Students must have very good passive knowledge of English to read extensive specialist texts fluently and understand specialist lectures and courses in this language. Proof of participation in an introductory language history course. If proof is not available before the application deadline, it may be provided later until the end of the first semester of the Master's degree programme. The German Department will make sure that an appropriate course can be attended during the first semester of the Master's program.

Focus on Turkic Studies First university degree: Admission requires the completion of a Bachelor's degree program with a minimum standard period of study of six semesters at a university in Germany or abroad or a similar degree. Proof of at least one of the following: A minimum of 36 credit points in Linguistics or Turkic Linguistics/Turkic Philology or equivalent subject-related study and examination qualifications if the degree programme was not based on credit points. If the Bachelor's diploma is not yet available, a minimum of 24 credit points in Linguistics or Turkish Linguistics/Turkish Philology mus be verified before the application deadline. Admission is granted on the condition that a Bachelor's diploma is submitted within the first semester of the Master's degree programme which fully demonstrates the required 36 credit points.

Students must have good active and passive knowledge of Turkic or another Turkic language corresponding to a minimum level of B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The proof may be:

  • proven native speaker knowledge of the language
  • a final degree with a minimum of 36 credit points in Turkic Studies; equivalent subject-related study and examination qualifications is required for degree programmes not based on credit points.
  • by an appropriate language certificate.

Students must have very good passive knowledge of English to read extensive specialist texts fluently and understand specialist lectures and courses in this language.

Focus on French Linguistics First university degree: Admission requires the completion of a Bachelor's degree programme (including B.Ed.) with a minimum standard period of study of six semesters at a university in Germany or abroad with a portion of the programme consisting of at least 36 credit points in Linguistics or French Linguistics/French Philology or an equivalent diploma with equivalent subject-related study and examination qualifications. If the Bachelor's diploma is not yet available, a minimum of 24 credit points in Linguistics or French Linguistics/French Philology must be verified before the application deadline. Admission is granted on the condition that a Bachelor's diploma is submitted within the first semester of the Master's degree programme which fully demonstrates the required 36 credit points.

Students must have good active and passive knowledge of French corresponding to a minimum level of B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Proof may be a relevant Bachelor's degree in French Philology or French Linguistics or proven native speaker knowledge of French corresponding to Level B2 or via the language certification test "Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française" (DELF B2).
Students must have very good passive knowledge of English to read extensive specialist texts fluently and understand specialist lectures and courses in this language

For all focus areas, proof of proficiency in the German language to the level of the "German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)" is required for foreign applicants from non-German-speaking countries.

Study construction

The study is built up modular. The A modules are duty modules for all students of MA of linguistics, the S. modules are directed after the electoral main focus, also the module research deepening and the final module. The modules become parallel partly, partly on each other building up studied.

A-Modules

  • Module A1: Theory I (1st semester, 4 SWS, 10 LPs)
  • Module A2: Empiric procedures I (1st semester, 4 SWS, 10 LPs)
  • Module A3: Linguistic change / Sociolinguistics (2./3. Semester: 4 SWS, 4 LPs in the 2nd semester, 2 SWS and 6 LPs in the 3rd semester)

 

S-Modules

Module S1 (1st semester, 4 SWS, 10 LPs; in 'Languages of Northern Europe and the Baltic States' 6 SWS, 10 LPs):

  • S1a: African studies: Typology of African languages
  • S1b: General / comparative linguistics: Typology and university verse alien research
  • S1c: English Linguistics: Current Topics in English Linguistics
  • S1d: Slavic linguistics: Slavic linguistics I: Typology and area linguistics
  • S1e: Languages of Northern Europe and the Baltic States: Languages of Baltic Europe
  • S1f: Linguistics of the German: Voice system I
  • S1g: Turkic: Linguistic Turkic I
  • S1h: French linguistics: Synchrony and diachronic of the French

Module S2 (2nd semester, 4 SWS, 10 LPs):

  • S2a: African studies: Empiric procedures in the African studies II
  • S2b: General / comparative linguistics: Empiric procedures in the linguistics II
  • S2c: English Linguistics: Language variation and Change
  • S2d: Slavic linguistics: Slavic linguistics II: Structures and empiric use
  • S2e: Languages of Northern Europe and the Baltic States: Sociolinguistic of the northern and Baltic languages
  • S2f: Linguistics of the German: Theory and Empiric
  • S2g: Turkic studies: Linguistic Turkic II
  • S2h: French linguistics: Francophone

Module S3 (2nd semester, 4 SWS, 10 LPs):

  • S3a: African studies: Form and meaning
  • S3b: General / comparative linguistics: Theory II: Form and meaning
  • S3c: English Linguistics: Language and Cognition
  • S3d: Slavic linguistics: Slavic linguistics III: Diachronic
  • S3e: Languages of Northern Europe and the Baltic States: Linguistic theories oriented to use and methods
  • S3f: Linguistics of the German: Voice system II
  • S3g: Philology and historical-comparative Turcology
  • S3h: French linguistics: French present-day language

 

Fast track programme

The fast track programme is put on for three years. Students with above-average study achievements in the S. modules and the modules A1 and A2 can hit after their end, i.e. at the beginning of the third semester, this way of the doctorate. The almost track programme encloses 180 achievement points in the totality and divides itself into three areas and the content part which also contains the production of the doctorate work and the matching research with 150 LPs takes the main part of the programme. You find an overview of the study course in the study course plan.

Foreign linguistic knowledge

The foreign linguistic knowledge is among other things depending on the choice of the main focus; however, a good English text understanding is in all electoral areas necessarily to the discussion with specialist papers and for the visit of English-speaking lectures.

Responsible Persons

Man in charge (M.A. Linguistics): PD Dr Andrej Malchukov

Locum tenens: Professor Dr Matthias Schlesewsky and Professor Dr Walter Bisang

Study construction, study organisation/coordination

Beatrix Spahn (Dipl.-Geol.)

Further information about the course of studies M.A. you find in MA of linguistics module manual

 

Information about the registration modalities of the master

Master application

 

Occupational fields

Colleges, research institutes, press, media, translation/interpretation, enterprise with international PR, adult education.