The Paris Graduate School of Linguistics (PGSL) is a newly-formed Paris-area graduate program covering all areas of language science. It offers a comprehensive curriculum integrating advanced study and research, in close connection with PhD programs as well as with the Empirical Foundations of Linguistics consortium. Research plays a central part in the program, and students also take elective courses to develop an interdisciplinary outlook. Prior knowledge of French is not required.
PGSL is funded by Smarts-up (Student-centered iMproved, Active Research-based Training Strategy at Université de Paris) through the ANR SFRI grant « Grandes universités de recherche » (PIA3) 2020-2029
Key figures: 113 faculty members and researchers, 12 postdocs, 140 master's students, 116 PhD students
Upon entering the Master’s program, students will devise a scientific project with the graduate program's faculty and researchers. Throughout the program, students are expected to work closely with an academic advisor and a student mentor (who is enrolled in a PhD program) and to participate actively in academic seminars and research projects. This will provide students with solid preparation to carry out subsequent doctoral research, either in the affiliated doctoral program (through which PhD funding is available) or elsewhere.
PGSL draws on the Master’s programs at Université de Paris, and has long-term institutional partnerships with Université Sorbonne Nouvelle and Inalco. It is designed as a feeder for the associated doctoral program.
This context creates a unique combination of perspectives for the study of language, with cutting-edge research units in computational linguistics, theoretical and historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and experimental linguistics (including access to state-of-the-art equipment such as EEG and eye-tracking, two phonetics labs, and a ‘baby lab’ for research on newborns and infants), and unique field work expertise on more than 100 languages in the world.
Theoretical and Experimental Linguistics (UFR L)
Computational Linguistics (UFR L)
Teaching French as a foreign Language (UFR L)
Phonetics and Phonology (UFR L)
Signs, Discourse, Society (Dept SDL)
English linguistics (Etudes anglophones)
Languages for Specific Purposes, Corpora and Translation Studies (EILA)
East Asian Linguistics and Applied Linguistics (LAOFLE)
Most classes are taught in English. No prior knowledge of French is required, except for two specialties: Teaching French as a foreign language and Signs, Discourse, Society, for which students will have coursework in French.
Students have the opportunity to carry out research projects and internships in any of the PGSL research labs.
Additionally, a network of international partnerships promotes student mobility and collaboration with high-level research centers around the world.
PGSL is a major hub for interdisciplinary training and research in language and linguistics. It offers a career-oriented academic path with a focus on both fundamental research and innovation.