Gallaudet's Ph.D. program in linguistics, with a focus on sign language, opened its doors in the fall semester of 2002. Students may specialize in a range of theoretical and applied areas related to sign language, including phonology, syntax, morphology, cognitive linguistics, sociolinguistics, first language acquisition, and second language acquisition. Because of the unique sign language focus of the Gallaudet M.A. curriculum in Linguistics, successful completion of this degree is a prerequisite for the Ph.D. program. Additionally, students wishing to apply to the Ph.D. program must submit an application portfolio to the Linguistics faculty for review during their fourth semester in the M.A. program. Successful applicants advance to Ph.D. candidacy and are required to complete 37 credits of coursework beyond those completed for the M.A. degree, followed by dissertation research. Ph.D. level coursework includes the following required courses, plus 15 credits of elective coursework: Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities (LIN 741), Guided Research Project (LIN 880, taken twice), Phonology III (LIN 801), Generative Linguistics III (LIN 802), Cognitive Linguistics III (LIN 827), Concept Paper (LIN 803), Dissertation Proposal Development (LIN 890), and Dissertation Research (LIN 900).
Any student in the final semester of the Linguistics M.A. curriculum and in good academic standing may apply to the Ph.D. program. Admission to the Ph.D. program following the M.A. program is not automatic or guaranteed. All students wishing to enter the Ph.D. program must submit an application. Admission is determined by faculty assessment of the student's performance and application portfolio. The application portfolio consists of the following items:
If the faculty determines that the student has exhibited excellent academic and research performance appropriate for doctoral work, the student will be admitted into the Linguistics Ph.D. program for the subsequent academic year.
|First Date for Consideration of Application:||February 15
|Last Date for Completed Application:||April 15
Successful completion of the Gallaudet M.A. in Linguistics
Ph.D. Application Portfolio
Gallaudet M.A. in Linguistics (Required)
All students must pass a comprehensive examination designed to evaluate their grasp of the major principles and important content of the program of study. This examination is administered in the spring semester of the third year of coursework, i.e., the first year of the Ph.D. program.
During the first two years of the Ph.D. program, students will typically prepare two qualifying papers. These papers will be the products of substantial data-based research projects on topics of relevance to sign languages. Students will prepare a thorough review of the literature, collect and analyze data, and report on the analysis. Successful completion of these papers qualifies students to begin work on their dissertation proposal.
During the second year of the Ph.D. program, students will prepare a concept paper on their proposed dissertation topic. This paper will include a statement of the research question, a review of the literature and a research plan. Upon admission to the Ph.D. program, the student will have identified a faculty member with expertise in their research area to serve as chair of their dissertation committee and will have obtained the faculty member's agreement. The dissertation chair must approve the concept paper before the student may begin work on the dissertation proposal.
Each student seeking a Ph.D. will be required to complete a research-based dissertation in an area acceptable to his or her doctoral committee. Upon completion of the dissertation, the student will defend it before the doctoral committee.
LIN 510 Language Acquisition (3)
LIN 543 Bilingualism (3)
LIN 585 Prosody in Spoken and Signed Languages (3)
LIN 745 Language and Culture (3)
LIN 811 First Language Acquisition (3)
LIN 812 Second Language Acquisition (3)
LIN 841 Discourse Analysis (3)
LIN 860 Language Variation (3)
Core Courses in Statistics (Ph.D.)**
EDF 801 Principles of Statistics I (3)
EDF 802 Principles of Statistics II (3)
**Note: These courses are required for students whose Ph.D. specialization requires statistical work. If taken, they replace two elective courses.
LIN 802 Generative Linguistics III (3)
LIN 880 Guided Research Project (3)
(Qualifying Paper #2)
LIN 741 Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities (3)
Complete Qualifying Paper #1 (Field Methods)
LIN 827 Cognitive Linguistics III (3)
LIN 801 Phonology III (3)
LIN 880 Guided Research Project (3)
Oral Comprehensive Examination
Elective #1 (3)
Elective #2 (3)
Elective #3 (3)
Complete Qualifying Paper # 2 (LIN 880)
LIN 803 Concept Paper (1)
LIN 890 Dissertation Proposal Development (3)
Elective #4 (3)
Elective #5 (3)
LIN 900 Dissertation Research (1-9)