Specialty Theoretical and Experimental Linguistics (LTE)

Linguistics aims to identify the common properties of languages by studying their formal features, their history, their diversity, the way they are learned, and the pathologies that can affect them.

The Master's degree in Language Sciences - Campus Grands Moulins offers a theoretical and experimental training program in Linguistics that is especially oriented towards research, theorization and experimental analysis of linguistic phenomena.

In addition to providing comprehensive training in the different fields of linguistics, this program offers a thorough introduction to the different experimental methods used to describe linguistic phenomena and a critical discussion of the different linguistic theories adopted in modern linguistics to explain such phenomena.

Supervisors of the LTE specialty: Caterina Donati, Lucia Tovena

For French presentation

Within the Master's degree in Language Sciences, the specialty in Theoretical and Experimental Linguistics aims to train researchers in linguistics and language professionals.

The Master’s prepares students for diverse professions, mostly in the field of research, linguistic policy making and teaching. The Master's degree provides access to a variety of professional fields: research in linguistics, teaching, speech therapy, communication-related professions, teaching French as a foreign language, language policy making (regional languages, language contact, European integration, etc.), software engineering, linguistic engineering, etc.

  • Ability to describe and explain linguistic phenomena.
  • Ability to conduct original and well supported research on how languages function: students will learn how to start from a research hypothesis within a precise theoretical framework; how to collect the necessary data (corpus research, psycholinguistic experiments, field work); and how to perform the quantitative and qualitative analyses based on the data collected.

All classes offered are "English-friendly", meaning that they can be taught in French or in English, according to the preferences of the audience, and they involve reading and writing in English.

Two research papers will be written: a short one in the first year and a longer one with a public defense at the end of the second year.

A mandatory research internship in the first year.

Target audience

Students who intend to do research in linguistics or want to pursue some language-related profession.

Degrees required for registration in first year

3rd year Bachelor's degree in Linguistics, or---possibly with a linguistics specialization---

  • Languages
  • Humanities
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • others
Degrees required for registration in 2d year

Master 1 in Linguistics, or Psycholinguistics as well as Cognitive science with a linguistic specialty

Admission requirements

The application should contain a copy of the students’ diploma, a CV and a cover letter specifying the research project.

Admission is conditional on a level of English sufficient to read an article and understand a discussion in English. No minimum level of French is required.

Applicants who have not completed a linguistics undergraduate degree are encouraged to mention any previous study of linguistics.

Continuation into a Ph. D program, at the Doctoral School of Language Sciences (University of Paris) or elsewhere in France or abroad.

It is possible to change your specialty, into Phonetics and Phonology, Teaching French as a Foreign Language, or Computational Linguistics.

« 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)