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  Evolutionary Language Science

University of Zurich    Department of Comparative Language Science

Full time & Part time September, February MSc, MA 2 years
Anthropology (2) Biological Sciences (4) Linguistics & Classics (23) Psychology (31)

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Explore the fascinating world of language from an evolutionary perspective with our interdisciplinary MA programme in Evolutionary Linguistics. Delve into the central questions surrounding language, such as its origins, development, and impact on cognition. Our Department of Comparative Language Science offers a wide range of courses, closely linked to cutting-edge research. You'll have the opportunity to study child language development, the history of language, and the origins of language. With the possibility of pursuing a PhD, you can dive deeper into independent research. Graduates of this programme can find career opportunities in research, translation, PR consulting, advertising, NGOs, and more. Discover the power of language and its evolutionary journey with us.

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Language Science from an Evolutionary Perspective

The interdisciplinary Master's program of the Department of Comparative Language Science at University of Zurich aims to understand language as a central cognitive faculty of humans, especially in comparison to other species.

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Students can complete the program as their major (90 ECTS) or minor (30 ECTS). The degree of the major is a Master of Arts (MA). As a minor, the program can be completed to accompany both Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MSc) majors, see course content above for links to the different tracks.

Language of instruction: English

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Graduated in 2021

"For me, the interdisciplinary part is what makes 'Evolutionary [Language Science]' so special, because we really are learning to discuss very current research topics with a much broader approach, where also biologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers can weigh in from their perspectives. And this way, one can understand language as a trait that evolved in humans - in our species as humans."
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