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Language Documentation and Description - MA


SOAS University of London School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full time, 2-3 years part time

About the course

Today, there are around 6-7,000 languages spoken in the world and it is widely agreed that at least half of those are under threat of extinction within 50 to 100 years. Language documentation is a new sub-discipline within linguistics that has emerged as a response to the growing crisis of language endangerment. It emphasises data collection methodologies, in two ways: first, in encouraging researchers to collect and record a wide range of linguistic phenomena in genuine communicative situations; and secondly, in its use of high quality sound and video recording to make sure that the results are the best possible record of the language.

The MA programme in Language Documentation and Description is intended for students who wish to specialise in the documentation and description of

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Upper-second class degree (or equivalent)Interview Policy: Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications usually invited


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