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Language Requirement Information

Students in the Ph.D. program must demonstrate the ability to carry out a sustained piece of linguistic research on a language other than English. They demonstrate the requisite in-depth knowledge by submitting a research paper on some facet of the chosen language. In developing the paper, students are expected to implement all phases of the project, including the choice of research question, the method used to address it (e.g. fieldwork, design of experimental materials or data collection surveys, use of primary and secondary sources), and the analysis of the language data collected.  The paper should also convey that students have a larger understanding of the language and are approaching the research topic within this context. 

The language used to satisfy this requirement cannot be English, and the choice of language should be made in consultation with the Graduate Studies Advisor. In recent years, students have investigated a multitude of languages, including: Akan, Arabic, Chuvash, Dagaare, Dogrib, Faroese, Finnish, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mandarin Chinese, Marathi, Matses, Persian, Picurís, Polish, Samoan, Spanish, Norwegian, Nuxalk, Seto, Wan, Welsh, and Yucatec Maya.

Many, but not all, students satisfy the language requirement in conjunction with one of their qualifying papers (QPx). Some instances where students have completed the language requirement independently of the QP requirement include:

Examples of papers where the requirement is satisfied in conjunction with a QP requirement can be found on the QP Information page.