Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2018

Requirements for the M.A. Degree in Computational Linguistics

The MA in Computational Linguistics is a 36 credit coursework degree consisting of multiple components.

·             Core courses (12 credits)

·             Formal methods requirement (3 credits)

·             Linguistics requirement (3 credits)

·             Electives (12 credits)

·             Final project (6 credits)

The program builds on the following 12 credit sequence of core courses:

·             LIN 521 Syntax I

·             LIN 522 Phonetics or LIN 523 Phonology I

·             LIN 537 Computational Linguistics 1

·             LIN 637 Computational Linguistics 2

Other requirements are satisfied by passing a fixed number of courses from a pre-defined list. Courses that appear on multiple lists cannot be used to satisfy multiple requirements at once. For example, if LIN 523 is taken as part of the core sequence, it cannot be used to satisfy the linguistics requirement.

Students must demonstrate their knowledge of formal methods by passing one (1) of the following courses:

·             LIN 538 Statistics

·             LIN 539 Mathematical Methods in Linguistics

Similarly, students must take at least one (1) advanced linguistics course:

·             LIN 522 Phonetics

·             LIN 523 Phonology I

·             LIN 621 Syntax II

·             LIN 623 Phonology II

·             LIN 624 Morphology and Word Formation

·             LIN 625 Semantics

In addition, four (4) elective courses must be chosen from the list below. Courses not listed here can be counted as an elective if 1) this is explicitly stated in the course description, or 2) the student has written permission from the program director.

·             CSE 512 Machine Learning

·             CSE 537 Artificial Intelligence

·             CSE 542 Speech Processing

·             CSE 628 Introduction to NLP

·             LIN 522 Phonetics

·             LIN 523 Phonology I

·             LIN 526 Analysis of an Uncommonly Taught Language

·             LIN 538 Statistics

·             LIN 539 Mathematical Methods in Linguistics

·             LIN 621 Syntax II

·             LIN 623 Phonology II

·             LIN 624 Morphology and Word Formation

·             LIN 625 Semantics

·             LIN 626 Computational Phonology

·             LIN 627 Computational Semantics

·             LIN 628 Computational Syntax

·             LIN 629 Learnability

·             LIN 630 Parsing and Processing

·             LIN 651 Syntax Seminar

·             LIN 653 Phonology Seminar

·             PSY 520 Psycholinguistics

Students must also complete a final project as part of LIN 595.

 

Requirements for the M.A. Degree in Linguistics

The MA LIN is a 30 credit Masters program aimed at students interested in pursuing linguistics beyond the BA level, but not yet ready for, or not planning to go on to, the PhD. The curricular focus of the MA LIN is on theoretical rather than applied linguistics. Students interested in applied linguistics at the MA level are encouraged to consider the MA TESOL program.

The MA LIN is a coursework degree, comprising the following 15 credit base sequence of courses:

LIN 521 Syntax I

LIN 621 Syntax II

LIN 523 Phonology I

LIN 623 Phonology II

plus an additional 18 credits of elective courses at the graduate level,. Electives may include courses in other departments. The student’s choice of electives is decided in conjunction with faculty and must be approved by the MA program director.

Requirements for the M.A. Degree in TESOL

In addition to the minimum Graduate School requirements, the following are required:

A.   Coursework
1. All of the following: 21 credits

LIN 522 Phonetics

LIN 524 TESOL Pedagogy: Theory and Practice (Methods I) and

  • LIN 579 Field Experience N-12

LIN 527 Structure of English

LIN 529 TESOL Pedagogy: Content-based Language and Literacy Development Practice (Methods II) and

  • LIN 579 Field Experience N-12

LIN 530 Introduction to General Linguistics

 LIN 571 TESOL Pedagogy: Curriculum Design and Evaluation and

  • LIN 578 Field Experience in Adult and Tertiary Contexts

2. Two of the following: 6 credits

LIN 525 Contrastive Analysis

LIN 526 Analysis of an Uncommonly Taught Language

LIN 532 Second Language Acquisition

LIN 541 Bilingualism

LIN 542 Sociolinguistics

LIN 555 Error Analysis

Or any other TESOL-related courses approved by the program director

3. Elective (3 credits): one elective course to be approved by the department; this may be a third course from the list above.

B. Performance
The student must achieve a grade point average (GPA) of B (3.0) or higher in all graduate courses taken at Stony Brook in order to receive a degree.

C. Course Waivers
Certain required courses may be waived for students showing an exceptional background in linguistics or TESOL. Application for such waivers must be made in writing to the department. In any case, all students must complete 30 graduate credits of approved coursework to receive a degree.

New York State Teacher Certification: TESOL Teacher Certification program requirements are listed in the Professional Education Program (PEP) section of this bulletin.

 

Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree in Linguistics

In addition to the minimum Graduate School requirements, the following are required:

A. Course Requirements
Students must complete a minimum of 60 credits.

1. Required Courses

LIN 521 Syntax I

LIN 621 Syntax II

LIN 523 Phonology I

LIN 623 Phonology II

2. Elective Courses: Electives may include courses in other departments. The student’s choice of electives is decided in conjunction with faculty and must be approved by the doctoral program director.

B. Qualifying Papers

Acceptance by the department of two papers of publishable quality in distinct areas of linguistics (qualifying papers) is required. Each paper 
will be defended orally before a committee of at least three faculty members, at least two of whom will be full-time faculty from within the department. The inside membership of the two qualifying paper committees must not be identical. The pre-defense draft of a qualifying paper must be submitted to the committee at least three weeks before the defense date. Each qualifying paper requirement will be completed after the committee’s acceptance of revisions decided upon at the defense. The final version of the first qualifying paper must be submitted not later than the last day of classes of the fourth semester and the final version of the second qualifying paper must be submitted not later than the last day of classes of the sixth semester. Failure to meet the first deadline may affect the student’s priority for funding. Students who have not had the final versions of both qualifying papers accepted by their committees by the end of the sixth semester will normally be dismissed from the program. Public presentation of one of these papers is required, as is submission of a revised version of one of the qualifying papers for publication in an appropriate journal.

C. Language Requirement
Demonstrated knowledge of two foreign languages other than the student’s mother tongue. This requirement may be satisfied by any of the following methods:

1. Submission of an analytic paper demonstrating knowledge of the structure of the language.

2. Satisfactory completion of a course in the structure of the language.

3. Satisfactory performance on a standardized exam designed to measure language proficiency.

4. Satisfactory completion of two years of college-level instruction in the language.

Advancement to Candidacy: Advancement to candidacy takes place upon the successful completion of the following before the beginning of the fourth year of full-time study: the required courses in A, the qualifying paper requirement in B, and the language requirement in C.

D. Teaching and Research
Students become qualified in teaching and research by working with faculty on an individual basis as teaching assistants and by participating in research projects. They have the opportunity to prepare and teach undergraduate classes during the academic year and in summer sessions.

E. Dissertation
Before a student proceeds to write the dissertation, a dissertation proposal must be accepted by the department. The dissertation proposal outlines the topic and how the student plans to go about investigating this topic. The advisor will organize a discussion in which a committee considers the proposal with the student. The purpose of this discussion is to ensure that the topic is manageable and substantive.

The dissertation committee will consist of a minimum of four members, at least three from the full-time faculty in the department and at least one from outside the department (or University). The committee will be chosen in consultation with the dissertation supervisor, who will be a full-time member of the department faculty. The formal public defense of the dissertation requires the full attendance of the dissertation examining committee.