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The Linguistic Theory and Language Description Master’s programme trains students in methods of linguistic analysis and the interdisciplinary study of language and language documentation. The focus is on Russian linguistics, sociolinguistics, and typologically-informed language description. Students gain hands-on experience through field projects especially – but not exclusively – in Russia. The programme is taught by members of HSE’s Faculty of Linguistics, which leads research on Russian sign language and cooperates with the Laboratory of Neurolinguistics, the Laboratory of the Languages of the Caucasus, and the recently created Laboratory of Language Convergence.
 

2 years
Full-time Programme
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Instruction in English

News

Lecturers of HSE School of Linguistics Held Day of Caucasian Languages in Lyon

Michael Daniel, Professor at the School of Linguistics and Nina Dobrushina, Head of the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, spoke at Laboratoire Dynamique Du Langage.

School of linguistics launches an online course on typology

The course is authored and run by the head of the school, prof. Ekaterina Rakhilina.

HSE Announces Olympiad Competitions for English-taught Master’s Programmes

In March 2017, International Olympiad Competitions will be held for perspective students interested in studying in Master’s programmes at HSE University. All current undergraduate students and recent university graduates students interested in pursuing a Master’s degree are invited to participate.

"The linguistics program at HSE is very strong"

Dirk Geeraerts, a professor at the University of Leuven, talks about the advantages of linguistiс training at the Higher School of Econimics, the high level of interaction demonstrated by the students at the School of Linguistics, and the potential upcoming convergence of fundamental and applied linguistic research.

Python, Non-Indo-European Languages and Sociolinguistics: What You can Learn at the New HSE’s Master’s Programme

This year HSE has launched a new English-taught MA programme ‘Linguistic Theory and Language Description’, which has evolved from a specialization on the Computer Linguistics programme. Michael Daniel, one of the programme’s Academic Supervisors, told the HSE news service about the multilingual people who will study here, the expeditions the students will go on, and other features of the programme.

International Students Can Now Apply to HSE through a Simplified Procedure

HSE’s Admission Rules for the 2017/2018 academic year have undergone some changes in regards to international admission. The admission track is now unified for students from both CIS and non-CIS countries. Thus, only two exams must be passed in order to be accepted into a given undergraduate programme, while competitions for Master’s programmes only require a portfolio and an interview. The rules for International Olympiad Competitions have also been changed. Registration for these competitions ends on October 18 (for some countries, deadlines may be extended).

Our Summer Studying Shamans, the Mayan calendar, and the Kaqchikel Language

Is it possible to learn a new language well enough in just two weeks to conduct linguistic research on it? This is an entirely standard practice for linguists, according to Sasha Kozhukhar and Liza Vostokova, both students in the Linguistic Theory and Language Description master’s programme. This past summer, Sasha and Liza went on an expedition to Guatemala to study Kaqchikel, an indigenous Mayan language.

New Program Features: Fieldwork and Language Diversity

In Russia, there are over a hundred minority languages. Some are on the verge of extinction, while some - few - are actually growing; and all require extensive documentation (click on the header to see more).

New Program Features: Russian Linguistics

One of the key research areas at School of Linguistics is Russian. We use various methods and approaches, from more traditional lexical semantics to lexical typology and variationist linguistics, covering a broad range of topics from paleography to sign language (click on the header to see more).