General Linguistics – Field of study catalogue MU
“Language through thinking, thinking through language.”
A study of general linguistics is the way to understand the functioning of one of the innermost and most versatile human intellectual tools: language. There are several complementary paths that intertwine and lead toward this goal. During the study programme, the student will become familiar with basic principles of synchronic and diachronic linguistics, both structural and generative forms. The Master’s degree study programme increases the emphasis on the study of comparative linguistics and semantics. The students have the opportunity to expand their horizons in multiple specialized courses. The student will acquire the necessary tools to work with language, understand the formation of speech, and be able to analyse and generalize language resources. Students will work independently in both language analysis and in language practice.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- actively use structural, generative, and historical-comparative methods
- apply knowledge in linguistic analysis
- analyse problems of the grammatical system of a given language
Throughout the study programme, students deeply and widely extend their knowledge of the structure and functioning of a language, both synchronically and diachronically. Graduate have career opportunities in the field of academic research or in more practical applications in education, editing, and journalism, and further in positions needing the skilled use of language as a tool of understanding on a higher level.
The standard length of the study is four semesters. It is necessary to earn a total of at least 120 credits together for type A/required and type C/elective courses. The student curriculum is in accordance with the study catalogue of the matriculation year.
The final exam consists of three separate oral questions, given according to a list published on the website of the Institute of Linguistics, one year in advance (http://www.phil.muni.cz/jazyk/studium.html#okru). The final grade is an average of the partial scores for the given questions.
If a student concludes the study programme with a diploma, the defence of the thesis is also part of the final exam. If a student concludes the study programme as a non-diploma, the defence of the minor thesis is required.
Studies can be extended by the doctoral degree study programme in General Linguistics or in Comparative Indo-European Linguistics.