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Link: Some recent publications in Cognitive Linguistics

What is Cognitive Linguistics? "Cognitive linguistics goes beyond the visible structure of language and investigates the considerably more complex backstage operations of cognition that create grammar, conceptualization, discourse, and thought itself. The theoretical insights of cognitive linguistics are based on extensive empirical observation in multiple contexts, and on experimental work in psychology and neuroscience. Results of cognitive linguistics, especially from metaphor theory and conceptual integration theory, have been applied to wide ranges of nonlinguistic phenomena." —Gilles Fauconnier. 2006. "Cognitive Linguistics." Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science. John Wiley & Sons. Pdf of full article.

Candidates may apply for admission to the program, with the purpose of pursuing the M.A. degree, or to non-degree status, with the purpose of taking courses for credit that could be transferred to other institutions. Potential applicants should send initial inquiries to Professor Todd Oakley, director of the program, at coglingadmission@case.edu. Applications for the degree program are submitted online only: visit and read the Graduate School Application Page and then click on the link reading "Apply online through Hobsons." Students interested in non-degree enrollment should consult the School of Graduate Studies webpage for Non-Degree Students. In order to consider each applicant's case fully and fairly for the 2014-2015 academic year, we prefer to receive all materials (including the online application, statement of purpose, writing sample, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, standard GRE scores, and, for all international students, recent TOEFL scores) by 1 May 2014.

The degree program follows Plan A as described in the Graduate Student Handbook of Case Western Reserve University. (The handbook can be found on the School of Graduate Studies site.) Accordingly, it requires 30 credit hours and a written M.A. thesis. Committees to supervise theses consist of three members of the faculty and otherwise conform to the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. Click here for the basic guidelines for completing a MA Thesis.

A canonical interval for completing the program is four semesters, although periods of study longer or shorter can be arranged, and part-time enrollment is possible. The required courses include a two-semester theory sequence, a concurrent two-semester workshop sequence, electives, and 12 credit hours of thesis work.





Illustrative schedule for the M.A. in Cognitive Linguistics (30 credit hours)
Year 1 Fall COGS 406: Theory of cognitive linguistics I (3 credit hours) COGS 408: Workshop in cognitive linguistics I (3 credit hours) Elective:
e.g., COGS 404, 413, 415, 416, 427 (3 credit hours),
Year 1 Spring COGS 407: Theory of cognitive linguistics II (3 credit hours) COGS 409: Workshop in cognitive linguistics II (3 credit hours) Elective:
e.g,, COGS 404, 413, 415, 416, 427 (3 credit hours),
Year 2 Fall COGS 651: M.A. thesis work (6 credit hours)
Year 2 Spring COGS 651: M.A. thesis work (6 credit hours)

 

A second illustrative schedule for the M.A. in Cognitive Linguistics (30 credit hours)
Year 1 Fall Fall Remedial/preparatory work in linguistics (e.g., enrollment in our existing fundamentals course, ENGL 401, Linguistic Analysis, as well as our courses at the undergraduate level) COGS 406: Theory of cognitive linguistics I (3 credit hours) COGS 408: Workshop in cognitive linguistics I (3 credit hours)
Year 1 Spring COGS 407: Theory of cognitive linguistics II (3 credit hours) COGS 409: Workshop in cognitive linguistics II (3 credit hours) Elective:
e.g,, COGS 413, 414, 415, 416, 427 (3 credit hours)
Year 2 Fall Additional Elective: e.g., COGS 413, 414, 415, 427 (3 credit hours) COGS 651: M.A. thesis work (6 credit hours)
Year 2 Spring COGS 651: M.A. thesis work (6 credit hours)


Descriptions of courses

COGS 406 & 407: Theory of cognitive linguistics I & II. This two-semester sequence introduces students to core theoretical concepts in cognitive linguistics (cognitive grammar, construction grammar, conceptual integration, etc.) through readings and seminar-style discussions.

COGS 408 & 409: Workshop in cognitive linguistics I & II. This two-semester sequence gives students the opportunity to do empirical work and provides a direct introduction to empirical methods.

The Theory sequence teaches principles and concepts of language. The Workshop sequence trains students in hands-on research in challenging problems. The Workshop is an indispensable counterpoint to the Theory sequence, since theory cannot be well understood without direct engagement with specific problems. The Workshop will also develop a community of research and help guide students toward their distinctive research topics.

Potential electives include

COGS 404: Conceptual Blending

COGS 413: Special topics (e.g. computational approaches; frame analysis; unification grammar; linguistic relativity; cognitive phonetics, . . .)

COGS 415: Mental Space Theory

COGS 425: Discourse and Cognition

COGS 426: Cognitive Approaches to Music

COGS 427: Gesture in Cognition & CommunicationCOGS 452: Language, Cognition, and Religion        


Requirements for admission to the M.A. degree program

Case Western Reserve University has standard criteria for all applicants to graduate programs. These include standard GRE scores, at least three letters of recommendation, official transcripts from degree-granting institutions, and, for all international students, recent TOEFL scores. The admissions process for the M.A. in Cognitive Linguistics would additionally require a statement of purpose and a writing sample. Applicants will be expected to have a formation in one of the areas that contributes to cognitive linguistics, but the history and quality of that formation will need to be judged case-by-case. For example, an applicant may have come to the study of cognitive linguistics after taking an undergraduate degree in cognitive science, computer science, neurobiology, psychology, languages and literature, or formal linguistics, and have acquired through work in industry or self-directed study a familiarity with the elements of cognitive linguistics. Applicants for the degree program will also be expected to have demonstrated an interest in research and the likelihood of being able to complete a research-oriented thesis. We routinely calculate equivalencies of foreign degrees and coursework.

Applying for Admission to the Integrated Graduate Study Program in Cognitive Linguistics

Undergraduates pursuing a B.A. in any major in the university are eligible to pursue the M.A. in Cognitive Linguistics during their final year of study. Interested students should meet with Lynmarie Hamel, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies, to determine their eligibility. In addition the standard eligibility criteria for the Integrated Graduate Study Program, prospective students must also follow the standard admission procedures and requirements described above for the M.A. in Cognitive Linguistics.

Links
Graduate School site for prospective students, degree students, non-degree students, tuition and fees, financial aid, . . .
Online application page
Guidelines for the M.A. thesis

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