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Linguistics is the systematic study of human language. It has its roots in antiquity, though the twentieth century saw an explosion of research and the development of new theories and approaches. Linguistics has become an exciting and vigorous area of study, with strong connections to many fields including psychology, sociology, anthropology, cognitive science, computer science, and philosophy.
Language is complex, and linguistics attempts to describe and explain the full range of that complexity, especially speech sounds, the grammar of words and sentences, and how meaning relates to words, grammar and context. The M.Phil. in linguistics gives due weight to all of these, with core modules in Describing Grammar, Describing Meaning, Describing the Sounds of Languages, and Laboratory
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Applicants should have a good honours degree (at least an upper second or equivalent; GPA of at least 3.2). Previous knowledge of linguistics is not a requirement. Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must meet the College's requirements for English-language proficiency. Students whose first language is not English are encouraged to attend our pre-sessional Summer programme to prepare them for postgraduate study in Ireland.
Applicants must provide a Personal Statement explaining their motivation in applying for their chosen course(s).
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