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Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Graduate Catalog 2004-2006
 
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     Note: This Catalog is superseded by the 2005-2006 Catalog.

Department of Linguistics and TESOL

department web page: ling.uta.edu
department contact: showells@uta.edu
graduate web page:
graduate contact:

Chair

David J. Silva
403 Hammond Hall
817.272.3133

Degree Requirements | Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) | International Linguistics Center | Courses

Areas of Study and Degrees

Linguistics
M.A., Ph.D.

TESOL
M.A., Graduate Certificate

Humanities
M.A.
(See Program in Humanities)

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis, Thesis Substitute and Non-Thesis

Associate Chair

Donald A. Burquest
127 Hammond, 817.272.5331

Ph.D. Graduate Advisor

Jerold A. Edmondson
403 Hammond, 817.272.3133

M.A. Linguistics Advisor

Laurel S. Stvan
226 Hammond, 403 Hammond, 817.272.3133

M.A. TESOL Advisor

Winnie W. F. Or
403 Hammond, 817.272.3133

Graduate Faculty

Professor

Edmondson

Associate Professors

Burquest, Silva

Assistant Professors

Or, Stvan

Adjunct Professors

Grimes, Headland, G. Huttar, Merrifield, Pike, Rensch, Robbins

Adjunct Associate Professors

Franklin, Gregerson, Hwang

Adjunct Assistant Professors

Boothe, Bowling, Bruce, Diehl, Gallman, Hohulin, M. Huttar, Leaders, McElhanon, C. McKinney, N. McKinney, Morgan, Morren, Reed, Simons, Turnbull, Walker, Walter, Wendell

Professor Emeritus

Longacre

Objectives

Linguistics, the systematic study of human language, is situated at the crossroads of the humanities, the social sciences, and the physical sciences. The Department of Linguistics and TESOL at The University of Texas at Arlington provides comprehensive training in methods of language analysis, as informed by current linguistic theory and data from a variety of languages. Students receive instruction in the analysis of sound systems (phonetics and phonology) and grammar (morphology and syntax); in addition, the program has strengths in field linguistics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, literacy, translation and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Linguistic science has applications in language learning and teaching, literary analysis and criticism, psychology, communication, anthropology, philosophy, neurology, sociology, speech recognition and synthesis, and artificial intelligence. Graduates of the program may find employment in fieldwork and field program administration, international affairs and development, literacy consultation and language planning, language technology, research, teaching, translation and other fields.

The master's degree in Linguistics provides broad-based training in the core areas of linguistics as well as firsthand experience working with geographically diverse, often previously undocumented languages.

The master's degree in TESOL provides broad-based training in the core areas of linguistics as well as concentrated training in areas particularly important to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, including second language acquisition, relevant details of the phonological and grammatical structure of English, contrastive and error analysis, and matters relevant to TESOL curriculum design.

The Ph.D. degree provides advanced training in field linguistics and linguistic computing, and experience in presenting original research in professional venues. Students are expected to develop in-depth expertise in two or more areas of specialization.

For further information on graduate degree programs in Linguistics, consult the program's Web site at ling.uta.edu or contact the appropriate Graduate Advisor.

Degree Requirements

Linguistics

Graduate programs in linguistics are primarily designed for those with a background in one or more foreign languages and/or a background in the linguistic aspects of the English language. A graduate career in linguistics may also be appropriate to those with undergraduate study in anthropology, psychology, philosophy, or religion. Applicants without formal training in linguistics are invited to apply, provided that they are prepared to meet the department's requirements for leveling courses.

Requirements for master's and doctoral degrees are given in the Advanced Degrees and Requirements section of this catalog. In addition, the following apply to those pursuing a graduate degree in linguistics:

All students pursing a graduate degree in linguistics must meet the degree prerequisites (i.e., leveling courses) and must take the core courses appropriate to their degree as published on the department's Web site.

Linguistics Degree Plans

M.A. Thesis Degree Plan: 31 hours 24 hours of graduate-level coursework plus one hour thesis writing course (LING 5100) plus six hours thesis credit (LING 5698). Students requiring leveling courses must add 9 hours, for a total of 40 hours.

M.A. Thesis Substitute Degree Plan: 34 hours 30 hours of graduate-level coursework plus one hour thesis writing course (LING 5100) plus three hours thesis substitute credit (LING 5392) plus written examination plus oral defense of the thesis substitute. Students requiring leveling courses must add 9 hours, for a total of 43 hours.

M.A. Non-Thesis Degree Plan: 36 hours of graduate-level coursework plus comprehensive written examination on the coursework. Students requiring leveling courses must add 9 hours, for a total of 45 hours.

Ph.D. Degree Plan: 42 hours of graduate-level coursework, including 12 hours of core courses (professional development), 18 hours of linguistics content courses (6 hours each in three subfields of linguistics), 3 hours of dissertation proposal preparation (LING 6391) and 9 hours of dissertation (LING 6999). Students requiring leveling courses must add 9 hours, for a total of 51 hours.

All Ph.D. students must demonstrate knowledge of core areas in linguistics by passing a diagnostic examination before having completed 27 hours of enrollment in the doctoral program. In addition, there are foreign language and professional activities requirements that must be met. Visit ling.uta.edu for details.

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Graduate programs in TESOL are primarily designed for those with a background in English language and literature and/or education. A graduate career in TESOL may also be appropriate to those with undergraduate study in a foreign language, international studies, or community development.

Requirements for master's degrees are given in the Advanced Degrees and Requirements section of this catalog. In addition, the following apply to those pursuing a graduate degree in TESOL:

TESOL Degree Plans

M.A. Thesis Degree Plan: 33 hours 24 hours of graduate-level coursework plus a three credit course in research design (e.g., LING 6381) plus six hours thesis credit (LING 5698).

M.A. Non-Thesis Degree Plan: 36 hours of graduate-level coursework plus comprehensive written examination on the coursework.

All M.A. TESOL students must demonstrate knowledge of a foreign language prior to unconditional admission to the degree program. Those without such background may pursue study of a foreign language at U.T. Arlington concurrent with probationary enrollment in the M.A. TESOL program.

For additional information on prerequisites or degree requirements, consult the Graduate Advisor.

Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

This program provides preparation through study and practice for the individual who wishes to teach English to speakers of other languages. It is available to any student who has been admitted to the Graduate School at U.T. Arlington.

The certificate requires 18 hours of course work: LING 5300, 5301, 5302, 5305, 5310, and 5303 or 5304. In addition to the course work, there is a practicum; this is done under LING 5110. LING 5300 (or equivalent linguistics course work) is a prerequisite for LING 5301, 5305, and 5310; LING 5301 is a prerequisite for LING 5302, 5303, and 5304. Even if the student presents an equivalency of LING 5300, 5301, and/or other course work, the 18-hour requirement must be met. A maximum of three credit hours of course work done at another institution can be transferred and counted toward the certificate.

Upon beginning study for the certificate, the student should contact the Graduate Advisor in TESOL to declare the intention to earn the certificate.

International Linguistics Center (SIL International)

The International Linguistics Center (ILC) is home to both SIL International (SIL) and the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL), two non-profit organizations that conduct research and provide training of interest to linguists, translators, missionaries, anthropologists, literacy workers, bilingual educators, government officials, and others. Since the 1970s, U.T. Arlington has entered into a series of contractual agreements with SIL and GIAL such that many of the linguists based at the ILC hold appointments at U.T. Arlington as special members of the Graduate Faculty. The most current agreement also specifies terms for credit transfer between U.T. Arlington and GIAL. The ILC is located approximately 14 miles from U. T. Arlington, one mile west of Duncanville, at 7500 West Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas.

For more information about the ILC and its relationship to U.T. Arlington, contact the Chair of the Department of Linguistics & TESOL, David J. Silva, 403 Hammond Hall, 817.272.3133. Information specific to SIL can be obtained from SIL Vice President of Academic Affairs Paul Frank (972-708-7532) or at www.sil.org. Information about GIAL is available from GIAL President David A. Ross (972-708-7340) or at www.gial.edu.

Admission Requirements for Graduate Degree Programs in Linguistics

In evaluating candidates for admissions to its graduate degree programs, the Linguistics & TESOL Faculty has adopted a comprehensive approach that is sensitive to the diversity of backgrounds of its applicants. To this end, the following constellation of quantitative and qualitative factors has been established to make explicit the range of criteria upon which admissions decisions will be based. These factors are then applied to the Admission Metrics established for each degree program. (See below for admission requirements for the Graduate Certificate in TESOL.)

Admission Factors

Admission decisions into a degree program in the Department of Linguistics & TESOL are made on the basis of two types of factors, quantitative and qualitative.

  1. Quantitative Factors
    1. Grade Point Average (GPA)
      1. For M.A. program applicants, undergraduate GPA is determined by the U.T. Arlington Graduate School.
      2. For Ph.D. program applicants, GPA is based on all graduate work completed and recorded at the time the applicant submits an application for admission.
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
    All applicants are required to submit GRE scores. There are no exceptions. The Department of Linguistics & TESOL evaluates each applicant's sub-scores separately: verbal, quantitative, and analytical.
  3. Qualitative Factors
    1. Letters of Recommendation
      Each applicant must present three (3) letters of recommendation that unequivocally indicate that the applicant is prepared for and capable of successful graduate study in linguistics or TESOL at U.T. Arlington. The letters should further indicate that the applicant is capable of completing the appropriate degree program.
    2. Personal Statement
      Each applicant must write a statement that explains how graduate study in linguistics is related to both his/her previous academic training and his/her career goals. The statement will be evaluated on the degree to which it is clear, reasonable, and consistent with the research and teaching agenda of the current faculty in Linguistics & TESOL at U.T. Arlington. The statement should also convey a level of commitment and maturity commensurate with the applicant's desired degree goals.
    3. Undergraduate Preparation
      Applicants to all degree programs must have passed the following three courses or reasonable equivalents as determined by the graduate advisor (U.T. Arlington equivalents are noted in parentheses):
      1. English composition (ENGL 1302);
      2. college-level mathematics (MATH 1302);
      3. a laboratory science (any 1000-level course in BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or PHYS; LING 5322 may also be used to fulfill this requirement);
    4. Previous Graduate Work (Ph.D. applicants only)
      Ph.D. applicants must present at least 30 semester credit hours of previous graduate-level coursework in any field (not necessarily linguistics). Ph.D. applicants who present fewer than 30 semester credit hours will automatically be considered as applicants to the M.A. Linguistics program and will be afforded the opportunity to request entry into the doctoral program once the minimum number of hours have been attained.

Admission Metrics

In formulating a recommendation for admission, the graduate advisors will apply the following admission metrics to each applicant's admission dossier.

  1. M.A. in TESOL
    1. Unconditional Admission
      Applicants for the M.A. in TESOL will be offered unconditional admission if they meet either of the following two sets of criteria:
      1. The applicant presents an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, a GRE Verbal score of at least 550, a GRE Quantitative score of at least 450, a GRE Analytical score of at least 4.0, and a full set of Qualitative Factors. In addition, applicants for whom English is not their native language and who have not been granted an undergraduate degree by an English-medium institution must also present a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 250.
      2. The applicant presents an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5, a GRE Verbal score of at least 500, a GRE Quantitative score of at least 400, a GRE Analytical score of at least 3.5, and a full set of Qualitative Factors. In addition, applicants for whom English is not their native language and who have not been granted an undergraduate degree by an English-medium institution must also present a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 250.
    2. Probationary Admission
      Applicants for the M.A. in TESOL who present a complete application that:
      1. includes a GRE Verbal score of less than 500; or
      2. includes a GRE Quantitative score of less than 400; or
      3. includes a GRE Analytical score of less than 3.5
      4. lacks the undergraduate preparation specified above but who otherwise meet a majority of the remaining admission criteria (including an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0), will be offered probationary admission. Students on probation must:
        • complete any undergraduate courses necessary for unconditional admission during their first two semesters of study; and
        • achieve a GPA of at least 3.3 in the first 9 graduate-level credit hours as an M.A. TESOL student.
  2. M.A. in Linguistics
    1. Unconditional Admission
      Applicants for the M.A. in Linguistics will be offered unconditional admission if they meet either of the following sets of criteria:
      1. The applicant presents an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, a GRE Verbal score of at least 450, a GRE Quantitative score of at least 550, a GRE Analytical score of at least 4.0, and a full set of Qualitative Factors. In addition, applicants for whom English is not their native language and who have not been granted an undergraduate degree by an English-medium institution must also present a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 230.
      2. The applicant presents an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5, a GRE Verbal score of at least 400, a GRE Quantitative score of at least 500, a GRE Analytical score of at least 3.5, and a full set of Qualitative Factors. In addition, applicants for whom English is not their native language and who have not been granted an undergraduate degree by an English-medium institution must also present a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 230.
    2. Probationary Admission
      Applicants for the M.A. in Linguistics who present a complete application that:
      1. includes a GRE Verbal score of less than 400; or
      2. includes a GRE Quantitative score of less than 500; or
      3. includes a GRE Analytical score of less than 3.5
      4. lacks the undergraduate preparation specified above but who otherwise meet a majority of the remaining admission criteria (including an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0), will be offered probationary admission. Students on probation must:
        • complete any undergraduate courses necessary for unconditional admission during their first two semesters of study; and
        • achieve a GPA of at least 3.3 in the first 9 graduate-level credit hours as an M.A. Linguistics student.
  3. Ph.D. in Linguistics
    1. Unconditional Admission
      Applicants for the Ph.D. in Linguistics will be offered unconditional admission if they meet either of the following sets of criteria:
      1. The applicant presents an graduate GPA of at least 3.3, a GRE Verbal score of at least 500, a GRE Quantitative score of at least 550, a GRE Analytical score of at least 4.0, and a full set of Qualitative Factors. In addition, applicants for whom English is not their native language and who have not been granted an undergraduate degree by an English-medium institution must also present a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 230.
      2. The applicant presents an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.6, a GRE Verbal score of at least 450, a GRE Quantitative score of at least 500, a GRE Analytical score of at least 3.5, and a full set of Qualitative Factors. In addition, applicants for whom English is not their native language and who have not been granted an undergraduate degree by an English-medium institution must also present a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 230.
    2. Probationary Admission
      Applicants for the Ph.D. in Linguistics who present a complete application that:
      1. includes a GRE Verbal score of less than 450; or
      2. includes a GRE Quantitative score of less than 500; or
      3. includes a GRE Analytical score of less than 3.5
      4. lacks the undergraduate preparation specified above but who otherwise meet a majority of the remaining admission criteria (including a graduate GPA of at least 3.3), will be offered probationary admission. Students on probation must:
        • complete any undergraduate courses necessary for unconditional admission during their first two semesters of study; and
        • achieve a GPA of at least 3.3 in the first 9 graduate-level credit hours as a Ph.D. Linguistics student.
      For those applicants whose credentials do not meet the conditions for unconditional or probationary admission as outlined above, the graduate advisor will recommend one of the following:
    3. Provisional Admission
      Applicants unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appear to meet admission requirements (either unconditional or probationary) may be granted provisional admission. All necessary admission documentation must be submitted to the U.T. Arlington Graduate School by the end of the student's first semester of study, including all required standardized test scores.
    4. Deferred Admission
      Applicants for whom the admission file is incomplete but for whom provisional admission is not appropriate will have a final decision admission deferred. In such cases, a final decision will be made only when the applicant presents a complete admission file.
    5. Denial of Admission
      Applicants who do not meet a majority of the admission standards set forth above will be referred to the Linguistics Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) for final adjudication. Upon considering the applicant's credentials, the GSC may (1) recommend to the Dean of the Graduate School that the applicant be admitted on probation and (2) specify the relevant conditions. The GSC may otherwise recommend that the applicant be denied admission.

Special Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in TESOL

Students wishing to apply to the U.T. Arlington Graduate School as Special Students solely for the purpose of earning the Graduate Certificate in TESOL must have earned an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution and present an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (as determined by the U.T. Arlington Graduate School). No additional requirements apply. Students seeking to transfer from Special Student status into a graduate degree program at U.T. Arlington must re-apply to the U.T. Arlington Graduate School as degree-seeking students and meet all published admissions requirements, including those pertaining to standardized tests. No student will be "automatically" or "exceptionally" moved from Special Student status into any graduate degree program.

The Web site for the U.T. Arlington Office of Research and Graduate Studies provides additional information about graduate study at U.T. Arlington and about the admission process, including general testing requirements and other paperwork. Students may apply for admission online or request application materials be sent via post.


The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses in Linguistics (LING)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes. Please refer to www.uta.edu/schedule for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

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