Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics Track

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Course work requirements
A minimum of 27 s.h. (9 courses) beyond the M.A., for a total of 19 courses beyond the B.A. The following minimum distribution must be completed, some of which can be met by courses from the M.A.

In the Department of Linguistics:
LING 3005 Articulatory and Acoustic Phonetics
LING 5010 Introduction to Syntax
LING 5020 Introduction to Phonology
LING 6010 Syntactic Theory

In the Department of Spanish & Portuguese:
SPAN 6110 Spanish Phonology
SPAN 6120 Spanish Syntax
SPAN 6150 Topics in Spanish Language Acquisition
SPAN 6190 Topics in Comparative Romance Linguistics
1 seminar in Hispanic linguistics

In either department:
1 course from one of the following areas: language acquisition/psycholinguistics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics/language variation
1 additional course in the intended area of dissertation research (phonology, syntax, language acquisition, sociolinguistics)

Language Tool Requirements: Candidates in the linguistics track must complete the equivalent of three years of college-level study of Portuguese (that is, one Portuguese course at the third-year level) and the equivalent of one year of college-level study for each of two other languages, one of which must be Latin for students specializing in historical linguistics.

Other Requirements: Candidates in the linguistics track must complete two extended revised research papers, from two different subdisciplines of linguistics. They must also present two colloquia related to these research papers. The purpose of Research Paper 1 is to provide evidence that the student understands the theoretical concepts and issues in the subdiscipline, can appropriately synthesize research by others, and can critically evaluate linguistic analyses and arguments. The purpose of Research Paper 2 is to provide evidence that the student has the ability to carry out original research in the intended subdiscipline of the dissertation. It is therefore written on a topic in that subdiscipline; in the ideal case, this will be the topic of the dissertation. An oral defense of Research Paper 2 also forms part of the Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination.

Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination. The purpose of the Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination is to determine whether the candidate has gained sufficient breadth and depth of research knowledge in Hispanic linguistics to enter the profession. The written component consists of Research Paper 2 and two written exams in two subdisciplines distinct from the subdiscipline of the intended dissertation research. The exams are exams of linguistic analysis and are weekend take-home exams.  The oral exam is two hours, with one hour devoted to discussion of Research Paper 2 and the other hour devoted to follow-up questions on the written exams.

More specific information on the criteria and procedures for the two research papers and on the procedures and structure of the Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination can be found in the Graduate Program Manual of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

By the end of the semester of the comprehensive examination or no later than the fourth week of the following semester, the student presents a dissertation prospectus, to be defended before the dissertation committee, comprised of five faculty members. Following approval of the prospectus, the dissertation writing process typically takes three to five semesters. The dissertation defense is presented in the semester of graduation. The Graduate Program Manual of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese describes the content and structure of a typical prospectus in linguistics and details the expected timeline toward successful completion of the degree.