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LINGUISTICS

Southeast Asia has been an important area historically, politically and linguistically. To promote cooperation with various nations in this area, a real understanding of the languages and cultures of the countries and various ethnic groups in this area is quite essential. The Research Institute for Language and Culture of Asia offers an M.A. Program in Linguistics (Southeast Asian Languages and Linguistics) to train people to be specialists in Southeast Asian languages and linguistics, both theoretical and applied.

Course Requirements

  1. Pre-requisites
    • LCLG 501 An Overview of Linguistics
      An overview of linguistic fields; various branches of linguistics; theoretical linguistics and applied linguistics; phonetics and phonology aspects; morphology and syntax; semantics; discourse analysis; pragmatics; sociolinguistics; historical linguistics; linguistics and language teaching and learning
    • LCIC 601 Essence of Research Methodology
      Philosophy and main paradigms of research; key issues in researching communication in diverse cultural contexts; research planning; problem identification, research framework; literature review; research methodological approaches; research ethics; and the nature of knowledge obtaining from different research methods and suitability to solve the research problems
        
  2. Major Courses
      
    • LCLG 502 Phonetics and Phonology
      Speech organs, articulatory phonetics, acoustic phonetics, speech production, transcription of sounds from languages into phonetic alphabets; Phonological theories and methodologies for analyzing the sound system of language, practice analyzing phonology by employing data from different languages; research ethics
    • LCLG 505 Syntax
      Basic concepts and methods of syntactic analysis, syntactic analysis based on grammatical structures, analysis of morpheme, word, phrase, clause, and sentence, relationship between syntax and semantics, presentation of results with ethical considerations
    • LCLG 509 Field Research Methods in Linguistics
      Linguistic theories and methods in linguistic analysis, ethics in field research, language elicitation and interview with language consultant, data management, and compilation of language and culture sketch
    • LCLG 525 Sociolinguistics
      Language and socio-cultural contexts, language variation, language contact, bilingualism and multilingualism, language and identity, language endangerment and language revitalization, code mixing and code switching, language and community
    • LCLG 532 Southeast Asian Linguistics
      Languages spoken in the Southeast Asian region both in terms of ethnographical orientation and comparative orientation; typical features and areal features of each language family
        
  3. Elective Courses
      
    • LCLG 506 Ethnolinguistics
      The relationship between linguistics and anthropology, language and worldview, ethnographic methods and data collection, the relationships between culture, semiotics, discourse and language, the relationship between language and cognition
    • LCLG 507 Educational Linguistics
      Linguistic theories and education, applications of linguistic knowledge for language development, education management for literacy, teaching language as first, second, or foreign language. Relationship of official language, national languages, and international languages, education policy and planning with an emphasis on Asian countries, preservation of language and cultural diversity and language rights
    • LCLG 510 Acoustic Phonetics
      The acoustic theory of speech production, physical properties of wave sound, the correlation between acoustic and articulatory phonetics, techniques for the analysis of sound using computer speech analysis softwares, acoustic characterization of consonants and vowels with illustrations from various varlanguages, acoustic features of speech prosody, pitch and duration, techniques for sound recording, digitization, and waveform and spectrographic analysis using the Praat program for a digital speech analysis
    • LCLG 520 Pragmatics
      Basic concepts of pragmatics, significance of context in communication, deixis, presupposition, implicature, speech acts, conversation analysis, conversational structure, politeness, relationship between meaning and pragmatics, relationship between pragmatics and discourse structure
    • LCLG 523 Discourse Analysis
      Discourse analysis within sociocultural practice from both theoretical and practical perspective, definition of discourse analysis, discourse analysis, unit of discourse, discourse genre, an overview of major theoretical and methodological frameworks for doing discourse analysis, practices of discourse analysis, presentation of results with ethical considerations
    • LCLG 534 Historical Linguistics
      Principles of historical development of languages, an analysis of the development of languages over time, linguistic change and methods of linguistic reconstruction
    • LCLG 535 Writing and Writing System
      Evolution of writing from pictograms to alphabet, description and comparison of methods of writing world languages, rules used to explain methods and evolution of written languages, designing of writing systems for unwritten languages
    • LCLG 536 Semantics
      Stages in the history of semantics, distinction between linguistic semantics and other forms of semantics, basic concepts, theories and methods, semantic analyses of words, sentences, and texts
    • LCLG 538 Field Linguistic Research Practicum
      Project design in field linguistic research, language documentation, language description, language development, field research practicum, presentation of practicum work, and report writing with ethics
    • LCLG 539 Corpus Linguistics
      Historical background of corpus linguistics, basic concepts, theories and methods, corpus design and corpus annotation, types and applications of corpora, corpus software and analysis, applications of corpus methods in a variety of linguistic subfields
    • LCLG 543 Lexicography
      Development of lexicography, types and uses of dictionary, issues in practical and theoretical lexicography, lexicography and corpus linguistics, software tools for dictionary creation and publication
    • LCLG 547 Multilingualism and Multilingual Education
      Theories and principles in bilingualism and multilingualism, importance and psychological, social and cultural impact, bilingual/multilingual education strategies and methodologies, curriculum design in case of mother-tongue based multilingual education, teaching material development
    • LCLG 549 Tibeto-Burman Linguistics
      Aspects of sound, morpheme, and syntactic structures in Tibeto-Burman languages with a focus on problems occuring in linguistic structures of languages, Burmese, Karen, Akha, and Lahu
    • LCLG 562 Austroasiatic Linguistics
      Aspects of sound, morpheme, and syntactic structures in Austroasiatic languages with a focus on problems occuring in linguistic structures of languages, Mon, Khmer, Lavua, Chong, Kuy, Nyahkur, Mlabri, and Maniq
    • LCLG 566 Austronesian Linguistics
      Aspects of sound, morpheme, and syntactic structures in Austroasiatic languages with a focus on problems occuring in linguistic structures of languages, especially Malay language
    • LCLG 597 Tai Orthography
      Origin, forms, orthography, and development of Tai scripts which are used by various groups of Tai people
    • LCLG 635 Diversity of Ethnic Groups in Asia
      Ways of life, geographical location, physical characteristic, language, culture, beliefs, society, ethnic identity of the major ethnic groups, maintenance, adjustment, change and support from the government and NGOs in India, China and ASEAN countries
    • LCLG 637 Burmese Language and Linguistics
      Listening, speaking, reading and writing Burmese, analysis of Burmese phonology, word formation and syntax
    • LCLG 638 Selected Topics in Burmese Language and Linguistics
      Selected topics on phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, language and culture of Burmese
    • LCLG 639 Chinese Language and Linguistics
      Listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese, analysis of Chinese phonology, word formation and syntax
    • LCLG 645 Selected Topics in Chinese Language and Linguistics
      Analysis of the history and development of Chinese dialects, Chinese varieties and their affiliations, phonology, morphology and syntax, literature review of research on Chinese dialects
    • LCLG 646 Chinese Linguistics
      Aspects of sounds, morphemes, and syntactic structures in Chinese languages with a focus on problems appearing in linguistic structures of modern languages: Mandarin, Wu, Xiang, Kan, Hakka, Min and Cantonese, the correlation of these seven Chinese groups, distribution of these Chinese speakers
    • LCLG 647 Khmer Language and Linguistics
      Listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese, analysis of Khmer phonology, word formation and syntax
    • LCLG 648 Selected Topics in Khmer Language and Linguistics
      Selected topics on phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, language and culture of Khmer
    • LCLG 649 Vietnamese Language and Linguistics
      Listening, speaking, reading and writing Vietnamese, analysis of Vietnamese phonology, word formation and syntax
    • LCLG 669 Selected Topics in Vietnamese Language and Linguistics
      Selected topics on phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, language and culture of Vietnamese
    • LCLG 677 Bahasa Melayu Language and Linguistics
      Listening, speaking, reading and writing Malay, analysis of Malay phonology, word formation and syntax
    • LCLG 690 Selected Topics in Bahasa Melayu Language and Linguistics
      Selected topics on phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, language and culture of Malay
    • LCLG 691 Selected Topics in Tai-Kadai Language and Linguistics
      Selected topics on phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, language and culture of Tai-Kadai language family
    • LCLG 692 Tai-Kadai Linguistics
      Aspects of Tai-Kadai language, reconstruction of Proto-language of Tai-Kadai languages, relationship between Tai-Kadai, Austroasiatic and Sino-Tibetan language families
    • LCLG 695 Dialectology
      Relationship between history and geography of various regions, methods in words collection in local dialects, regional dialects and dialect maps with a focus on dialects in Thailand and/or Southeast Asia region
    • LCLG 696 Directed Research
      Research on one particular topic of interest with research advisor guidances, working on research proposal

  4. Thesis
    • LCLG 697 Thematic Paper
      Identifying research project title; submitting research proposal; conducting research study with concern of ethics; data collection, analysis, synthesis and critics of research results; reporting the research results in terms of thematic paper; thematic paper presentation; ethics for presenting and writing reports
    • LCLG 698 Thesis
      Identifying research proposal, conducting research with concern of research ethics; data collection, analysis, interpretation of the result and report the result in terms of thesis; presenting and publishing research in international peer-reviewed journal, ethics in dissemination of the research results

For more information

Program Chairperson - Dr. Yuttaporn Naksuk, Lecturer
Tel. (662) 8002308-14 ext. 3113
Fax. (662) 8002332
Email : yuttaporn.nak@mahidol.ac.th

Program Secretary - Dr.Sarawut Kraisame, Lecturer
Tel. (662) 8002308-14 ext. 3324
Fax. (662) 8002332
Email : sarawut.kra@mahidol.ac.th

Academic Supporting Section (Academic support unit)
Tel. (662) 8002308-14 ext. 3213, 3230
Fax. (662) 8002332

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