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- Degree Specializations
- Ph.D. Programs in Linguistics
- Provisional Admission
- Continuing as a Graduate Student
- Seminar Papers
- Foreign Language Requirement
- Linguistics Colloquium
- Dissertation Proposal
- Ph.D. Dissertation
- Financial Aid and Assistantships
The Linguistics Division has strengths in both theoretical and applied linguistics. The Ph.D. program provides the opportunity for considerable specialization, particularly in the areas of formal semantics, syntax/semantics interface, pragmatics, sociolinguistics (especially language policy and language loyalty), psycholinguistics, first and second language acquisition, neurolinguistics, bilingualism, reading, and written communication. Each student's program is constructed by the individual student and his/her advisors. The program may include specialization in a combination of two or more of areas in linguistics, as well as in other fields such as brain sciences, psychology, or philosophy. Specializations can also involve research in the structure or use of a specific language or languages. The policies, rules, and procedures established by the Ph.D. Committee serve as the framework and set the minimum standards for the Department's Graduate Committee. See the current brochure of the Ph.D. and M.A. Committees for the general requirements for the degrees.
There are three Ph.D. programs in Linguistics:
- The Regular Ph.D. for students with an M.A. degree in linguistics for which they have written a thesis and for which they earned a grade of at least 85%.
- The Direct Ph.D. is for students who have completed a B.A. in Linguistics with exceptionally high grades and outstanding recommendations from their lecturers and professors.
The Combined M.A./Ph.D. is for students who have completed coursework and a thesis proposal for an M.A. which the Graduate Committee in Linguistics considers of Ph.D. quality and who move directly from the M.A. program to the Ph.D. program.
Students from other fields, e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Computer Science, Philosophy, Education, will normally be required to take Supplementary/Prerequisite courses before attaining the formal status of a Ph.D. student. The Department will recommend for admission students who meet these conditions, who show other evidence of fitness for advanced research, and for whom there is a senior lecturer in the Department able and willing to direct the research.back to top
Students are sometimes recommended for admission on the condition that they first complete a certain number of courses and/or write a major paper equivalent to an M.A. thesis.
According to University regulations, the minimum grade which can be counted toward a degree is 60%. Graduate students in the English Department are expected to maintain an 80% average. The Department carries out the University rules on plagiarism very strictly.
Graduate students are expected to provide evidence of independent scholarship. The seminar paper is the primary medium towards this end. In all graduate courses, the lecturer or professor determines the requirements and the grading criteria. All papers must be handed in at the time set by the lecturer/professor. Permission to submit late papers is granted in special circumstances by the University PhD Committee. Students who wish to submit a late paper must apply to this committee.
Graduate students studying in the department, are exempt from the foreign language requirement
Advanced students in Linguistics participate in the public scholarly meetings (colloquia and conferences) .All linguistics graduate students are expected to attend the Linguistics Colloquium, which meets on Tuesday afternoons. All graduate students are encouraged to attend national and international conferences organized at the University by lecturers in their field.
Small amounts of funding are available for graduate students who have had papers accepted at major international conferences held abroad.
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Most students are assigned an advisor upon admission and have already begun to work on the development of a research proposal, which is due one year from the date of acceptance into the program. Students who do not have an advisor at this stage should plan to take courses with a range of faculty members at the rank of Senior Lecturer or higher (who are eligible to advise on Ph.D. dissertations). When the proposal has been completed and approved by the advisor, it will be reviewed by at least two other lecturers one inside the University and one outside the University. Once approved , the dissertation proposal is then submitted to the Faculty of Humanities Committee who forwards it, upon approval, to the University Ph.D. Committee.
The Ph.D. dissertation, when completed, is submitted to the advisor for approval, and then is submitted by the student to the Ph.D. committee for approval, which solicits anonymous reviews from two outside reviewers. This process usually takes from two to six months.
There are several sources of funding for Ph.D. studies. Presidential Fellowships consist of three to four years of support, which includes tuition remission and a stipend of approximately NIS 3500 per month. These awards are granted on a competitive basis to students who show high academic promise and commit themselves to a full-time study program which will allow them to complete the degree within the three or four year period specified in the Fellowship contract. A second source of funding is the University Scholarships Committee, which grants sums of approximately NIS 6,000 on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Private sources of funding are sometimes available from foundations. Finally, some students receive support as Research Assistants from research grants, and others have been employed as Teaching Assistants.