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Institute of Linguistics

Institute of Linguistics

 

Brief Introduction

 

The NTHU Institute of Linguistics has been recognized as having one of the most distinguished linguistics programs in Taiwan in theoretical linguistics as well as in the fields of Chinese and Austronesian linguistics. The Institute was founded in 1986, with the launching of the M.A. program. We established a Ph.D. program in 1990, and in 2004, we added a Ph.D. specialization in Austronesian linguistics, in collaboration with the Institute of Linguistics at Academia Sinica. 

The NTHU Institute of Linguistics aims to give students well-rounded training in linguistics, with equal emphases on theory and practice. Attention is also given to interdisciplinary research, so that students can gain a solid foundation in humanities and natural sciences as well as in linguistics. To better prepare students for graduate studies in linguistics, an undergraduate linguistics program was begun in 2002 through the NTHU Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

 

Features/ Research Areas

 

Based on theoretical linguistics and cognitive sciences, we are fully committed to the theoretical and typological studies of Sinitic, Tibeto-Burman, and Austronesian languages, with a special focus on the interdisciplinary areas such as psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and neuro-linguistics. We have a fully developed curriculum which offers all-around professional training, covering both contemporary and traditional approaches.

 

Faculty and Staff

 

Hsu, Hui-chuan Professor and Chair. ( Ph.D in linguistics, University of California, San Diego ) Phonology, Chinese dialectology, Historical linguistics
Chang, Kuang-yu Professor. ( Ph.D in linguistics, University of California, Berkeley)Chinese historical phonology, Chinese dialectology, Historical linguistics
Lien, Chin-fa TsingHua Chair Professor. ( Ph.D in linguistics, University of California, Berkeley) Semantics, morphology, historical linguistics
Chang, Yueh-chin Professor ( Ph.D in linguistics, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris III)Phonetics, experimental phonetics, Chinese and Austronesian phonetics
Tsai, Wei-tien Dylan Professor( Ph.D in linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994) Syntax, syntax-semantics interface, Chinese and Austronesian syntax
Lin, T.-H. Jonah Professor ( Ph.D in linguistics, University of California, Irvine, 2001) Syntax, formal semantics, Chinese syntax and semantics
Su, Yi-ching JosephineAssociate Professor. ( Ph.D in linguistics, University of Maryland) Cognitive science, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics
Liao, Hsiu-chuan Associate Professor. ( Ph.D in linguistics, University of Hawai‘I at Mānoa, 2004) Austronesian linguistics, historical linguistics, syntactic typology, syntactic theory, morphology, lexicography
Hsieh, Feng-fan Associate Professor. ( Ph.D in linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007) Phonology, Phonetics and (South) East Asian languages
Hsieh, I-Ta Chris ContractAssistant  Professor(Ph.D in linguistics, University of Connecticut) Formal semantics, formal pragmatics, syntax-semantic interface, semantics-pragmatics interface, Chinese linguistics
 

 

Curriculum

 

Courses offered .

Phonology (I) (Graduate, 3 credit hours, Fall)

Phonology(II) (Graduate, 3 credit hours, Spring)

Syntax (I) (Graduate, 3 credit hours, Fall)

Syntax(II) (Graduate, 3 credit hours, Spring)5

Articulatory Phonetics (Graduate, 2 credit hours, Fall)

Field Methods(Graduate, 3 credit hours, Spring)

Historical Linguistics (Graduate, 3 credit hours, Fall)

Research Method (Graduate, 2 credit hours, Spring)

 

Graduate Requirements

 

For Master degree students,

1.  Course Requirements: All students must complete 28 credit hours of course work for a grade, of which 22 credits are of the required courses and 6 credits are of the elective courses.

2.  Thesis Credits: In addition to 28 credit hours of course work, students must take 4 credit hours of Thesis

3.  The Language Requirement: All candidates must demonstrate competence in English.  Before scheduling an oral thesis defense, students must pass the preliminary test of the High-Intermediate Level of the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT), or, the equivalent thereof.

4.   Coursework taken for the second foreign language (12 credit hours)

5.   The Qualifying Exam Requirement: Students must pass an oral defense of the qualifying paper. The qualifying paper must be written in the following areas: phonology, syntax, semantics, morphology, and historical linguistics.

6.   An M.A. thesis

For Ph.D. degree students,

1.  Course requirements: All students must complete 24 credit hours of course work for a grade.

2.  Thesis Credits: In addition to 24 credit hours of course work, students must take 4 credit hours of Thesis.

3.  General Exam: All Ph.D. students must pass a General Exam in the third year. General exam is composed of two parts: (i) the writing of two research papers and (ii) oral exams based on these papers. General exams are given twice a year, which are March 30 and September 30 respectively. The two Generals papers must be original research papers and report research on two distinct topics in two distinct sub-disciplines of linguistics. The sub-disciplines include (i) Syntax or Semantics and (ii) Phonology or Morphology.

4.  All Ph.D. students must pass the preliminary test of the High-Intermediate Level of the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT), or, the equivalent thereof.

5.  All Ph.D. students must complete 24 credit hours of course work for the second and third foreign language requirements (i.e. 12 credit hours for each).

6.  Minor requirement: All Ph.D. students must complete 6 hours of course work in the following (but not restricted to) areas: Mathematics, Computer Science, Chinese Literature, American/English Literature, Language pedagogy, Philosophy, Social Sciences (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, etc.), Biology, Neuroscience, and minority languages.  

7.  A peer-reviewed journal paper (published or accepted for publication)

8.  A doctoral dissertation

 

Financial Aids

 

For information about International Students Scholarship, please kindly refer to http://oga.nthu.edu.tw/cont.php?id=93&m=m26&mm=mm41&tc=5&lang=en

 

Contact Information

 

For information specifically related to the Institutes of Linguistics, please contact

Chairman/Director :Hsu, Hui-chuan, huichuanhsu@mx.nthu.edu.tw

Secretary: Yi-NingWeng, ling@my.nthu.edu.tw 

 

For further information on the Dept./Institute, you can also link to http://www.ling.nthu.edu.tw/NTHU_Linguistics/home.html

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