Linguistics Concentration


The University of North Texas Information Science PhD Program (IS PhD) responds to the varied and changing needs of the information age; to the increasing recognition in individual, social, economic and cultural affairs of the central role of information and technologies for refining it. Graduates are prepared to contribute to the advancement and evolution of an information society in a variety of roles and settings such as administrators, researchers and educators. PhDs in linguistics traditionally focus on the structure of language and the process of learning it. (Relevant sub-disciplines include phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and first or second language acquisition). The concentration in linguistics encourages students to learn and apply methods and theories of information science and other affiliated disciplines to solve problems in core linguistics, which will give graduates an edge in both academic and nonacademic markets. Students will learn how to fashion highly interdisciplinary fields of study, such as digital language data curation, computational modeling of linguistic behavior, advanced technologies for language teaching, and neurolinguistic and psycholinguistic techniques for alleviating speech and hearing disorders.

Course Requirements


Students enrolled in the data science concentration will take courses from four blocks of courses:

1. Information Science Core Area (12 graduate credit hours)

  • INFO 6000 - Seminar in Information Science
  • INFO 6660 - Readings in Information Science
  • INFO 6700 - Seminar in Communication and Use of Information
  • INFO 6945 - Doctoral Seminar in Information Issues

2. Required Research Courses (including dissertation hours)

  • INFO 6940 Inquiry and Research Design Quantitative Research Methods/ Statistics
  • ANTH 5031 - Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods or ANTH 5032 - Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods for Non-Majors
  • LING 5070 - Research Design in Linguistics (or 6000-level equivalent)
  • INFO 6950- Dissertation Hours

3. Remaining Research Hours (for the remaining hours of research, students choose from the courses below)

  • LING 6514 - Seminar on Advanced Research Topics in Linguistics
  • LTEC 6510 - Introduction to Research in Learning Technologies
  • LTEC 6511 - Analysis of Research in Learning Technologies
  • LTEC 6512 - Analysis of Qualitative Research in Learning Technologies

4. Linguistics Concentration Core (18 graduate credit hours)

  • LING 6010 - Morpho-Syntax
  • LING 6020 - Syntax II
  • LING 6030 - Semantics and Pragmatics II
  • LING 6040 - Introduction to Computational Linguistics
  • LING 6050 - Phonology II
  • LING 6110 - Linguistic Variation

5. Linguistics Concentration Electives (a minimum of 9 graduate credit hours; the following is a partial list. Other relevant courses may be used upon approval).

  • LING 6060 - Data Analysis in Human Language Technology (HLT) I
  • LING 6120 - Annotation Standards
  • LING 6130 - Natural Language Processing
  • LING 6140 - Data Analysis in Human Language Technology (HLT) II
  • LING 6150 - Semantic Ontologies
  • LING 6800 - Topics in Linguistics
  • LING 6900 - Special Problems