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  • M.A. in Language & Communication
    FAQs Career Exploration The Job Search as a Sociolinguist The Job Search Finding Positions Linguistics in Action Company Profiles MLC Career Exploration Expo For Current Students Blog Series Research Smarter Writing Tips Fall 2014 Brownbags The Thesis Option Forms The MLC Blog The M A in Language and Communication is a professionally oriented program within the Linguistics Department at Georgetown University This program cultivates strong research and analytical abilities in sociolinguistics specifically discourse analysis i e narrative analysis and cross cultural communication ethnography and pragmatics The program is designed to link these theories to practice in a range of professional fields Follow the MLC on Twitter MLCGeorgetown This program is suited for college graduates with a B A or B S with majors including but not limited to humanities and social sciences interested in applying their sociolinguistic training in professional contexts In addition this program is also appropriate for members of the workforce public and private sectors who seek advancement or those who desire further credentials for medical law or business school MLC students participate in professional socialization events and career education activities targeted for sociolinguists This personalized career development is designed to enable students to articulate how their skills

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  • Student Learning Goals | M.A. in Language & Communication
    topics A great deal of information is presented during discourse some of it is already familiar to interlocutors other information is new still other information is partially familiar and partially new Students should be familiar with frameworks for analyzing what is called information status of referents i e what is being talked about and predications i e what is being said about it Entailed in this task is an elementary ability to identify grammatical constituents e g differentiate types of clauses familiarity with tense aspect and voice to gloss lexical and grammatical aspect to be familiar with presuppositions and scalar inferences Since the communicative content of language is not always directly stated students need to learn the philosophical framework and linguistic tools through which to identify what is conveyed directly or indirectly explicitly or implicitly through inference Also important here is familiarity with the face saving strategies identified with politeness theory along with their general social distribution and cultural variation Quantitative analysis is an important part of many linguistic analyses at different levels from pronunciation as a part of style or level of casual careful speech to words e g the use of discourse markers terms of address inclusive exclusive pronouns sentence structure e g in making requests genre e g structure of a list or narrative Often features of setting or situation can also be subjected to quantitative analysis Students will need to learn how to identify variables code variants tally results organize their data into tables and use basic hypothesis testing statistical techniques Qualitative analysis is an important part of many analyses of language use Not only is it a prerequisite for many quantitative analyses what is counted has to be first defined as a unit that is meaningful in linguistic or interactional terms but qualitative analysis is

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  • Program Requirements | M.A. in Language & Communication
    credits Required courses Students take two required courses General Linguistics and MLC Proseminar The Proseminar is a professional socialization course designed to illustrate how to use linguistics in professional contexts Students take three core courses The core courses cultivate methodological theoretical and analytical competencies in sociolinguistics Core options include LING 483 Discourse Analysis Conversation LING 484 Discourse Analysis Narrative LING 489 Pragmatics LING 495 Ethnography of Communication LING 496 Intercultural Communication LING 570 Introduction to Sociolinguistics LING 571 Sociolinguistic Field Methods LING 581 Sociolinguistic Variation Electives Students take three to five elective courses depending on Master s Thesis option These can be additional core courses above or from the large number of courses available in the Department note that not all courses are offered each year LING 352 Foundations of Education LING 355 Language in the USA LING 367 Computational Tools for Linguists LING 380 Language and Politics LING 385 Language and Multimedia Discourse LING 387 Language Culture and Thought LING 402 Forensic Linguistics LING 412 Linguistics and Education LING 454 Linguistics and Reading LING 486 Netspeak Computer Mediated Communication LING 447 American Dialects LING 584 Statistics for Linguists LING 586 Language and Identity LING 587 Intertextuality LING 593 Linguistic Anthropology Alternative courses which reflect the needs and interests of individual students may be selected under the guidance of the faculty adviser They may include courses in other departments or schools within Georgetown as well as courses at area universities e g American George Mason George Washington through the Washington DC Area Consortium of Universities Master s thesis MLC students must be approved to pursue the thesis option By the end of the academic year prior to graduation you will submit a thesis request form If approved the student must submit a proposal to their mentor and to the Graduate

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  • Events and Announcements | M.A. in Language & Communication
    anthologies Workshop on November 7th Discourse Analysis in Medical Market Research This week we welcome two MLC alumnae Carolyn Reed and Kathryn Ricknor MLC 12 back to the Hilltop Topic Discourse Analysis in Medical Market Research Time date and location Friday November 7th 1 2 15pm Poulton Hall 230 Abstract Join Carolyn Reed and Kathryn Ticknor 2012 MLC alumnae for an interactive workshop on physician patient interaction Kathryn and Carolyn will discuss ways in which they lend their linguistic expertise to the fields of healthcare communication and medical market research Participants will have the opportunity to delve into global in office recordings in order to test various linguistic and ethnographic research methods and identify key patterns of meaning Finally the group will brainstorm ways to turn qualitative findings into actionable insights for a broader audience of stakeholders Q A to follow Bio Carolyn Reed and Kathryn Ticknor are Senior Analysts in Linguistic Insights and Analytics at Verilogue Inc in Horsham PA where they conduct qualitative interview and interaction based research in clinical healthcare settings Carolyn and Kathryn graduated from the MLC in 2012 Hope to see you there MLC Open House September 26th If you are interested in linguistics interaction and culture and want to find a grad program tailored to your professional and academic needs the MLC might just be for you Please join us for the first MLC Open House of the 2014 2015 academic year The Open House will be held at 3 4pm September 26th 2014 in Poulton Hall 255 on the Georgetown campus More information about the event can be found here Not sure what an Open House is like This look back at the Summer 2012 Open House is a great place to start Current MLCers and alumni will be on hand to share their experiences with the program and the director will provide useful admissions information and tips RSVP for the Open House by filling out this form j mp MLCOpenHouse2014 Please contact Dr Anastasia Nylund at anastasia nylund georgetown edu if you have any additional questions We hope to see you on the 26th Current MLC Events Fall 2014 This fall we are joined by linguists and other practitioners with experience in a variety of fields including business management and operations market research applied sociolinguistic research and language construction Join us as we learn from these diverse practitioners who all share a linguistic lens on the problems at hand in their work Please join us for engaging conversations and a celebration of linguistics across professional fields When where how All talks will take place in 230 Poulton Hall 1421 37th St NW Washington DC 20057 on the Fridays listed below Time 1pm 2 15pm September 19th Ralitsa Mileva Principal Organizational Change Management at MITRE A sociolinguistics PhD and MBA Ralitsa has years of experience in management consulting marketing communication and change management She will join us to talk about the field of change management and how her linguistics background has helped her

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  • Admissions | M.A. in Language & Communication
    see below Please see the Graduate School s Application Requirements Checklist for more information ETS test code number is 5244 All entering students who are not native speakers of English are required to take an examination in English composition prior to registration Students who fail to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in this examination will be required to complete a composition course in the Department of English as a Foreign Language Applicants must submit appropriate academic or professional writing samples in English e g a term paper thesis or professional articles demonstrating writing and analytical skills We have no length requirement but recommend that submissions be between 15 and 30 40 pages Send all supplemental materials transcripts and other credentials directly to Office of Graduate Admissions Attn Credentials Linguistics Box 571004 3700 O Street N W Carbarn 207 Washington DC 20057 1004 Graduate Record Examination Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination GRE are required for all applicants except foreign applicants to the MAT program There is no minimum required score on the GRE Test scores must be received by the application deadline date Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution Applications will not be considered without GRE scores Information on registering to take the GRE can be found on the Educational Testing Service website English Proficiency TOEFL IELTS All applicants who are not native English speakers are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English

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  • About the Proseminar | M.A. in Language & Communication
    the vocabulary and how to use it in organizing a job search Not only that but being able to be reflective and take a moment to figure out what you are passionate about what you actually want to do I feel like you go through college thinking that you have a major and you have to fit a cookie cutter but this class gives you a chance to make it work for you Renee Tomlin MLC 11 Often when people hear that we are linguists they say Oh so you speak lots of languages When they immediately jump to career if not actually saying What are you going to do with that they will offer something along the lines of Are you an interpreter or You must be very good at editing or Are you going to teach To this I draw from my improv background to say Yes and Yes as linguists we do tend to speak more than one language Yes many of us do find work as teachers interpreters and translators and we do tend to be gifted writers and editors but this is just the tip of the iceberg to our value in professional contexts AND The MLC Professionalization Seminar is designed to help MLC students figure out where the skills and training that they are acquiring in their classes are needed and valued professionally It is also designed to help students learn about what motivates them to uncover values around work and ultimately to enact the shift to an active professional stance from What should I do to Here s what I can do See an example of a student s final portfolio of items from the Proseminar Spring 2013 The class is structured as a dynamic mix of lecture discussion and activity based interaction

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  • MLC FAQ | M.A. in Language & Communication
    specialized courses in sociolinguistics will be taught by the sociolinguistics faculty faculty from other Georgetown programs departments and schools and local experts from the Washington D C community Please see the MLC Professors page for more information about them Do I need a background in Linguistics to be admitted to the program No not at all But don t be intimidated by Linguistics Basically linguists are people who like to solve puzzles about language and are curious about how language is part of how people think act and interact If you haven t had any prior courses in Linguistics or if you want to be reminded of what you did learn the MA provides a gateway course in Linguistics that will prepare you for the remaining coursework All of the courses will provide enough linguistic background to understand the course material Our program is well suited for people with various backgrounds Included are college graduates who majored in Linguistics but also those with backgrounds in the Humanities e g English Foreign Languages History Philosophy or Social Sciences Anthropology Economics Sociology College graduates with Science Business or Engineering majors including pre professional students aiming to do post baccalaureate work in Law School Medical School or Business School would also benefit from our program Members of the workforce both public and private sectors who seek advancement in their current positions might be able to do so through our MA If you are unsure about your research and professional interests or have a very specific idea of what you want to do the MLC will certainly help you carve out a path for after graduation Watch two brief discussions of admissions and research interests here and here How does a linguist understand language and its relationship to communication Linguists are aware of the many ways that language helps us convey information including representing the external world to one another the physical people places things actions and events that we can observe Training in linguistics will enable you to explore how we convey more internal aspects of our experience the subjective states of mind and feelings that are part of our cognitive and perceptual worlds Besides conveying external and internal information to other people language also allows us to perform actions such as requests warning promises convey moods express various facets of our identities and form personal and social relationships While language is a primary means of communicating it is not the only one Our program also considers other sources of meaning e g visual physical symbolic that combine together with language to allow us to communicate with one another Our program also teaches you about different models of communication that combine language speaker intention action context and interaction along with other modalities of information and expression We differ from most graduate programs in Communication however because we do stress in both theory and methodology the primary role of language for communication How long will it take me to complete the MLC There are

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  • People | M.A. in Language & Communication
    Students Student Work MLCers in the News About Sociolinguistics What is Sociolinguistics Finding Your Sociolinguistic Approach Articles in Applied Sociolinguistics Key Journals in Sociolinguistics Career Center Career FAQs Career Exploration The Job Search as a Sociolinguist The Job Search Finding

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