Paris Graduate School of Linguistics

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.

Key figures: 113 faculty members and researchers, 12 postdocs, 140 master's students, 116 PhD students

A two-year Master's track to prepare students for doctoral research and beyond

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.

A Master’s degree with many options in order to create an individualized academic path

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. Most of the MA specialties on offer through PGSL are at Université de Paris, and one is a joint Université Sorbonne Nouvelle/Inalco 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), history of linguistics, and descriptive linguistics, with unique fieldwork expertise on more than 200 languages in the world.

Students choose one of the following specialties (in parentheses is the name of the degree-granting institution and department):

Theoretical and Experimental Linguistics (Université de Paris, Linguistics department)

Computational Linguistics (Université de Paris, Linguistics department)

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Teaching French as a foreign Language (Université de Paris, Linguistics department; French required)

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Phonetics and Phonology (Université de Paris, Linguistics department)

Signs, Discourse, Society (Université de Paris, Department of Language Sciences; French required)

English linguistics (Université de Paris, Department of English and American Studies)

Globe World Languages

Languages for Specific Purposes, Corpora and Translation Studies (Université de Paris, Department of Applied Foreign Languages; French Required)

East Asian Linguistics and Applied Linguistics (Université de Paris, Linguistics deparment & Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; French required)

Linguistic diversity: language, text, society (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle & Inalco; French required)

Other MA courses are under development and will be posted soon.

Students have the opportunity to carry out research projects and internships in any of the PGSL research labs. Their Master's theses must be supervised by a staff member at the university where they are enrolled, but students can ask any member of affiliated research labs to co-supervise them.

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.

PGSL is supported 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