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Linguistics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #13 (ARWU) Ithaca, NY, United States
The interests of the faculty cover a wide range of areas in theoretical and experimental linguistics. The field's graduate program covers all facets of linguistics, as well as an exceptionally broad spectrum of courses dealing with computational linguistics, field methods and historical linguistics. All graduate students in the field are enrolled in the Ph.D. program.
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  • The department offers state-of-the-art facilities for research in phonetics, including articulatory movement tracking, ultrasound, electroglottography, and speech aerodynamics. 
  • The phonetics lab is part of the Cornell Speech Imaging Group (SIG), a cross-disciplinary team of researchers using real-time magnetic resonance imaging to study the dynamics of speech articulation.
  •  The department also hosts a Computational Linguistics Lab which focuses on statistical parsing of large data samples, including grammar development, parameter estimation, and acquisition of lexical information from corpora. 
  • The Language Documentation Lab provides resources and laboratory space for research involving language documentation, description, and analysis, with an emphasis on understudied languages. The Interface Research Lab focuses on understanding the interfaces between phonology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Concentrations By Subject

  • Computational Linguistics (Minor)
  • East Asian Linguistics (Minor)
  • English Linguistics (Minor)
  • General Linguistics
  • Germanic Linguistics (Minor)
  • Indo-european Linguistics (Minor)
  • Phonetics (Minor)
  • Phonological Theory (Minor)
  • Second Language Acquisition (Minor)
  • Semantics (Minor)
  • Slavic Linguistics (Minor)
  • Southeast Asian Linguistics (Minor)
  • Syntactic Theory (Minor)

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • Internet-based Test (iBT) minimum scores for admissions: Writing: 20, Listening: 15, Reading: 20, Speaking: 22
  • research paper

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29500 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    29500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29500 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Ithaca

  • 1128 - 2460 USD/month
    Living Costs

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