Through the language to the mind, through the mind to the language.

Degree programme objectives

The study of general linguistics opens for students the way for understanding language as a general and fundamental human tool, and naturally also for easier understanding particular languages, both in the sense of the description of inner structures and the function of language in the social context or its development. It is connected with the acquisition and cultivation of necessary analytical skills in the form of the given methodologies.

The students are acquainted with three methodologies: structural-functional, generative and formal linguistics. Their principles are explicated, the advantages of their use exemplified. At the same time the students are introduced into the fundamental principles of experimental research and its subsequent statistical evaluation (in this way linguistics follows the general direction of bringing humanities nearer to natural sciences). Attention is paid to all linguistic planes: phonetics and phonology, morphonology and morphology, syntax, semantics; special attention is also given to algebraic linguistics and statistics. In addition, the students gain knowledge about etymology and the history of linguistic methodology, and they also learn one or more languages depending on the type of their study.

The program is well suited for those interested in language in general: for those who have already inquired into linguistics or a concrete philology (special possibilities opens up particularly in combination with a concrete philology), as well as for those who are interested in studying language a tool for understanding the world (including those interested in mathematics and cybernetics).

Study plans

Admission Procedures
Admission to Bachelor's and long-cycle Master's degree programmes in 2023/2024
Submission deadline until midnight 28. 2. 2023

  • Information on entrance examinations designed for this degree programme
    This programme is taught in Czech.

    The criteria for admission for studies are the results of the Learning Potential Test (TSP). The Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University disregards the results of SCIO National Comparative Examinations.

    You can file your e-applications for studies from 1 November to 28 February.
    The date and time of the examination will be stated in the electronic invitation for the examination, which will be uploaded to your e-application. The faculty will not be sending paper invitations. Applicants applying for the major study plan and minor study plan in a combined study must comply with the conditions for admission into both plans.

    Learning Potential Test (TSP)

    This test is only in Czech. For up-to-date information, click here

    Field of Study Examination

    For admission for studies of this degree programme, you do not need to take the Field of Study Examination.

    Admission without the entrance examination

    For admission for studies in this degree programme, you cannot be exempted from taking the entrance examination.
  • Evaluation criteria valid for the applicants applying for a place on this degree programme
    Limit for TSP percentile for successfully passing the entrance examination: 30

Studies

  • Objectives

    The study of general linguistics opens for students the way for understanding language as a general and fundamental human tool, and naturally also for easier understanding particular languages, both in the sense of the description of inner structures and the function of language in the social context or its development. It is connected with the acquisition and cultivation of necessary analytical skills in the form of the given methodologies.

    The students are acquainted with three methodologies: structural-functional, generative and formal linguistics. Their principles are explicated, the advantages of their use exemplified. At the same time the students are introduced into the fundamental principles of experimental research and its subsequent statistical evaluation (in this way linguistics follows the general direction of bringing humanities nearer to natural sciences). Attention is paid to all linguistic planes: phonetics and phonology, morphonology and morphology, syntax, semantics; special attention is also given to algebraic linguistics and statistics. In addition, the students gain knowledge about etymology and the history of linguistic methodology, and they also learn one or more languages depending on the type of their study.

    The program is well suited for those interested in language in general: for those who have already inquired into linguistics or a concrete philology (special possibilities opens up particularly in combination with a concrete philology), as well as for those who are interested in studying language a tool for understanding the world (including those interested in mathematics and cybernetics).

  • Learning Outcomes

    After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

    • master the fundamental analytical methods of structural-functional, generative and formal linguistics
    • work out independently a description and analysis of language material using an appropriate method
    • propose an experiment, process it and subsequently evaluate it in a formal model
    • master one or two
    • be familiar with language families of the world in general and Europe in special
  • Occupational Profiles of Graduates

    The graduates are prepared, provided they do not continue in another study, to capitalize on the acquired knowledge in practical work with language or languages (be it teaching, interpreting, translating, editorial proofreading work, journalism or others) and particularly in the fields needing good expression skills in the mother language or a foreign language and analytical thinking, and in general in any field requiring not only the use of language, but also the understanding of its structure.

  • Practical Training

    There is no required practical training.

  • Goals of Theses

    The bachelor’s exam of the single-subject and extended double-subject study includes the defense of the bachelor’s thesis whose topic is selected by the students after the consultation with the supervisor. By writing it they demonstrate their knowledge and skills acquired in the course of the study. Guidelines for writing the thesis follow the study regulations.

  • Access to Further Studies

    The graduate of the bachelor’s general linguistics study program can enroll in the follow-up master’s degree study.

  • Additional Information

Basic information

Abbreviation
B-OJ_
Type
Bachelor's degree programme
Profile
academic
Degree
Bc.
Length of studies
3 years
Language of instruction
Czech Czech

45
estimated number of admitted
83
number of active students
4
number of theses/dissertations

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