Graduate School

Cognitive Science of Language (Linguistics (Third Level))

Study programme: Cognitive science of language Third Level
Main fields of study: Cognitive science of language, formal linguistics, experimental linguistics (Linguistics)
Course code: 3JEZ
Level of study: 3. stopnja doktorski
Name of the qualification: Doctor`s degree
Qualification title: Doctor of Sciences
Qualification abbreviation: Ph.D.
Final examination: no
Dean: prof. dr. Iztok Arčon
Programme director: prof. dr. Arthur Stepanov
ECTS coordinator: prof. dr. Iztok Arčon

Programme description

The Ph.D. program in Cognitive science of language (Linguistics) at UNG provides high quality training of young researchers in Linguistics in the context of contemporary Cognitive Science.

Until the academic year 2013/14 the study program was called Linguistics, from the academic year 2014/15 the study program will be called the Cognitive science of language (amendment adopted at the 56 meeting of the Senate of the University of Nova Gorica on 19 March 2014).

The program curriculum is based on the scientific thesis that the endowment for language is encoded in the human biological make-up as a system with computational properties. As such, the program emphasizes integration of analytical tools of modern formal theoretical linguistics and methods of experimental sciences such as psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics which concern themselves with studying the psychological and neurological reality of language.

The program provides students with solid education in the core areas of formal linguistic theory: syntax, semantics, and phonology in the framework of generative grammar. The curriculum consists of required coursework, along with the writing and oral defence of a dissertation. Ph.D. level courses in the core areas are taught by the program faculty. In addition, the program offers a selection of courses in current trends in phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, psycho- and neurolinguistics, and computational linguistics, taught by leading international researchers. These will take the form of mini-courses or block-seminars. The students are actively involved in research from the very outset of their doctoral training in collaboration with the various faculty members of the program.

Currently we offer financial support to students on a competitive basis. Students can apply for scholarships that cover at least 50% of the tuition costs. Outstanding students can also compete university-wide for a scholarship that includes a tuition waiver, a living cost grant, and travel grants for conference presentations.

Admission requirements

To qualify for entry into the graduate program Cognitive science of language (Linguistics), applicants must satisfy the following admission requirements:

  • have completed a 2nd cycle master’s study preogramme;
  • have completed at least a four-year academic undergraduate programme accredited with 240 ECTS credits;
  • have completed a uniform five year master’s study programme accredited with 300 ECTS credits;
  • have completed a specialization after previously finished professional study programme, and had passed additional study obligations within 30 to 60 ECTS credit points;
  • have completed an equivalent program abroad;

If the number of applicants exceeds the 20 available slots, they are selected based on previous academic achievement.

Educational and professional goals

The program educates scientists that can successfully continue their scientific career in an academic or research organization or in the industry. Graduates from this program are educated to perform the following kinds of activities:

  • academic and research work in the area of formal linguistics, psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics
  • work in applied linguistics that can be used in high-tech and IT companies, including language technologies, language engineering etc.
  • professional work in media, editorial houses and governmental offices.

A graduate from this program should have a good overview over the scientific approach to linguistics in the context of contemporary cognitive science and a very detailed knowledge of a particular area of linguistics he specializes in. Graduates from this program are able to conduct individual research in any area of theoretical and experimental linguistics, especially in their chosen area of specialization, apply for and lead research projects in the topic of their specialization, and use their acquired linguistics knowledge in practice.

Examination and assessment regulations

The syllabus has a research orientation. It covers all the major subfields of linguistics. The program curriculum includes mandatory subjects, elective subjects, individual research and a doctoral thesis. Some courses are one semester long, others may be short and intensive courses.

Doctoral degree candidates must complete the following study requirements:

  • vse zahtevane izpite; all required exams,
  • raziskovalne delo, ki ga zahteva program, research required by the program, and
  • uspešno zagovarjati doktorsko nalogo. successful defense of the doctoral thesis.

Grades are given on the basis of written or oral exams or term-papers with a mandatory in-class presentation.

Finally, the student completes the study program with a successful public defense of the doctoral thesis.

Courses

1. year

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
Directed research I 720 24
Introduction to cognitive science (open from 2014/15) 180 6
Introduction to phonology 180 6
Introduction to psycholinguistics 180 6
Introduction to semantics 180 6
Introduction to syntax 180 6
General elective courses Ure ECTS
Advanced seminar in phonology II 180 6
Computational Linguistics 90 3
Current trends in semantics and pragmatics II 180 6
Formal analysis of a selected language family (open from 2014/15) 180 6
Methods in linguistic theory 120 4
Noun phrase syntax 180 6
Research seminar: Current trends in phonology I (open from 2014/15) 180 6
Research seminar: Current trends in psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics (open from 2014/15) 180 6
Research seminar: Current trends in semantics and pragmatics I (open from 2014/15) 180 6
Research seminar: Current trends in syntax I (open from 2014/15) 180 6
Research seminar: Current trends in syntax II (open from 2014/15) 180 6
Selected topics in formal Slavic linguistics (open from 2014/15) 180 6
Signal analysis for linguists (open from 2014/15) 190 6

2. year

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
Directed research II 1140 38
Paper writing workshop I 120 4
General elective courses Ure ECTS
Advanced seminar in phonology II 180 6
Computational Linguistics 90 3
Current trends in semantics and pragmatics II 180 6
Formal analysis of a selected language family (open from 2014/15) 180 6
Introduction to syntax 180 6
Methods in linguistic theory 120 4
Noun phrase syntax 180 6
Research seminar: Current trends in phonology I (open from 2014/15) 180 6
Research seminar: Current trends in psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics (open from 2014/15) 180 6
Research seminar: Current trends in semantics and pragmatics I (open from 2014/15) 180 6
Research seminar: Current trends in syntax I (open from 2014/15) 180 6
Research seminar: Current trends in syntax II (open from 2014/15) 180 6
Selected topics in formal Slavic linguistics (open from 2014/15) 180 6
Signal analysis for linguists (open from 2014/15) 180 6

3. year

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
Directed research III 780 26
Dissertation 900 30
Paper writing workshop II 120 4