English linguistics

The major in English Linguistics offers the most comprehensive programme in France for the study of English Language and Linguistics. Students are taught by experts in the fields of semantics, syntax, pragmatics, phonetics and phonology from a wide range of perspectives, including a comparative one. The programme aims at equipping successful applicants with the scholarly and methodological skills needed to engage in linguistics research. Our students are given the opportunity to discuss their work. They are encouraged to join our vibrant research community and to attend international conferences in Paris and abroad.

The programme in English linguistics is research-oriented. It offers advanced theoretical and methodological training. Research themes addressed in seminars include:

  • Conversation analysis, dialogue, interaction, questions
  • Verbal anaphors, verb complementation, nominalisation
  • Tense, Aspect, Modality, Evidentiality
  • Stress systems, regional accent variation, syllable division

Location: Campus Grands Moulins, Paris 13

English Linguistics Program supervisors: Agnes Celle, Anne Jugnet

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Within the Master Studies of the English-Speaking World, the major in English linguistics aims to train language professionals with an expertise in English linguistics. The programme prepares students for a variety of careers mostly in linguistic research and language teaching.

By developing students' language awareness, the programme improves their communication skills. It also teaches students to carry out independent research projects and to critically analyse data. These are transferable skills for a wide variety of career paths.

  • Describing and analysing linguistic processes involving the English language
  • Developing synthetic and analytical skills
  • Formulating research hypotheses in relation to theoretical frameworks and designing rigorous corpus or experimental methods to test those hypotheses
  • Learning to conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses of corpus data and data collected in the laboratory

This is a two-year programme. Classes in English linguistics are taught in English. Most courses consist of seminars and lectures. Students can choose from further optional courses available in the Department of Linguistics with the approval of their supervisor.

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 50-page dissertation in Year 1 and a 80-page dissertation in Year 2. Dissertations are written in English.


A research internship is not compulsory.

Students planning to do research in linguistics or planning to pursue a language-related profession.

Degrees required for first year admission:

  • 3rd year Bachelor's degree in English Studies
  • 3rd year Bachelor's degree in Language Sciences or Humanities or "Lettres"

The application file should contain a copy of the students’ degree, their CV and a research proposal already accepted by a supervisor in English linguistics. The application is reviewed by the admissions committee.

Admission is conditional on proficiency in English.

Higher-level studies:

  • PhD programme in English linguistics, depending on results, at the Doctoral School of Language Sciences (Université Paris Cité) or elsewhere in France or abroad
  • Competitive exams to teach English in secondary education (Agrégation d'anglais, option linguistique)

Professional integration: careers involving language research; language teaching abroad; English-French translation; communication; careers in writing, publishing or editing

« Erasmus+ » partners : Universität des Saarlandes (Allemagne), Universität Stuttgart (Allemagne), Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Allemagne), Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgique), Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgique), Universiteit Gent (Belgique), Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgique), Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (Espagne), Università degli Studi di Roma 'Tor Vergata' (Italie), Università degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza' (Italie), Trinity College Dublin (Irelande), Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (Pays-Bas), Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Sklodowskiej (Pologne), Universitatea din Bucuresti (Roumanie), University of Edinburgh (Royaume-Uni), Univerzita Karlova v Praze (République Tchèque), Univerzita Karlova v Praze (République Tchèque)

« bilateral agreement » partners: University of Chicago (USA), Tulane University (USA), University of Melbourne (Australie), Université de Sao Paolo (Brésil), Université d’Etat de la Région de Moscou (MGOU) (Russie), Universités de Sogang (Corée), Seoul National University (Corée), National Taiwan Normal University (Taiwan, ROC)