General Linguistics

“Through language to mind, through mind to language”

Degree programme specification

The objective of the follow-up master study of general linguistics is to enlarge the knowledge, principles and methodologies the students have acquired either during the bachelor’s study of general linguistics or of another philological subject. It is therefore intended for those feeling a need to deepen their knowledge. In the study a whole new block of the Indo-European linguistics courses is newly introduced in order for the students to acquire the understanding of the methodology of historical-comparative phonology, morphology and anthopolinguistics. Concurrently with that, the study focuses on extending the knowledge and competence gained in the bachelor’s study. The courses dedicated to experimental syntax and semantics aim to deepen these disciplines (enabling the students to propose their own design of a linguistic experiment, its processing and subsequent evaluation). The course Word and word formation elaborates the knowledge of morphology, word formation and lexicology, and the course Phonotactics applies an advanced theory of phonology to the area of “phonological syntax”. As an extension of the methodology, the students are provided with the course Grammar, logic, mind, in which they are introduced into formal basics of linguistics, and in which they also learn to apply these formalizations to non-trivial data samples from natural languages.

In addition, the students of the single-subject study are required to study another language for four terms; the students of the single-subject study and extended double-subject study are encouraged to enroll optional courses in line with the topic of their future theses.

Faculty Faculty of Arts
Type of study follow-up master's
Mode full-time
Standard length of studies 2 years
Language of instruction czech

Work experience

No required practical training.

Graduate destination

The graduates are prepared for working with language material as well as linguistic theory on a very advanced level including the preparedness to continue, as scientific workers devoting themselves to linguistic topics, in the doctoral study.

In their practice they are capable of the independent analytical work with language material both in the sense of theoretical linguistics and practical thinking and application. They are trained in the ability of critical analytical thinking, equipped with healthy skepticism and generally prepared. They are no longer only users of natural languages, but understand their structure and relation with society and mind.

Study options

Single-subject studies

Combined studies

Further studies

The graduates of the master’s general linguistics study program can enroll in the doctoral study, for example of General linguistics or Comparative Indo-European linguistics. The admission to the doctoral study is guided by general study regulations, and the applicants must pass an admission interview.

Further information

http://www.phil.muni.cz/jazyk

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