MA in Linguistics

Admission Requirements

  • BA degree preferably in Linguistics or BA/BED Degree in other related disciplines such as Ethiopian Languages and Literature, Foreign Languages and Literature or minoring in language studies.
  • A grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 and above in undergraduate program.
  • Satisfactory performance in written entrance test administered as part of application process.
  • Fulfilment of other admission requirements set by BDU

 Objectives
The program has the following objectives:

  • To raise levels of awareness of students on the formal and substantive aspects of the general state of linguistics.
  • To equip students with basic research skills in the,
  1. identification of linguistic units such as phonemes, morphemes, lexemes etc
  2. Elicitation techniques of corpus and management thereof such as recording, transcription, description, classification, and interpretation of Linguistic facts and generalization.
  • It will also aims to
  1. Present explanatory adequacy of linguistic formalization
  2. Enable students to apply professional ethics of research
  3. Promote applied research on the hitherto unknown languages of the country,
  4. Help students develop expert opinion on policy issues at various level
  5. Enable students to show sufficient potential to do higher degree.

Graduation requirements

  • 27 Credit hours of course work.
  • A minimum CGPA of 3.00, and
  • A thesis approved by internal and/ or external examiners with a minimum evaluation of Satisfactory

All candidates are expected to be registered for courses based on the following arrangement
Course Breakdown
Year I, Semester I

Year

Sem

Course Code

Course Title

CR. Hrs.

YEAR I

I

Ling 511

Sound Patterns

3

Ling 513

Morphology

2

Ling 525

Sociolinguistics

2

Ling 537

Research Methods in Linguistics

3

Total

10

 Year I, Semester II

 

II

Ling 522

Comparative survey of African Linguistics

2

Ling 518

Semantics

2

Ling 514

Phonological Theories

2

Ling 516

Syntax

3

Total

9

Year II, Semester I

YEAR II

I

Ling 625

Historical and Comparative Linguistics

2

Ling 611

Contemporary issues in Descriptive & Theoretical Linguistics

2

Ling 627

Psycholinguistics

2

Ling 631

Graduate Seminar

2

Total

8

 Year II, Semester II

 

II

Ling 632

MA thesis*

4

Total

4

MA Thesis Will Not be computed for CGPA

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