M1 & M2 in LLCER – Specialization in English and American Studies : English Linguistics

English Linguistics : (Research team : CLILLAC-ARP, URP 3967)

General criteria for admission

The Admissions Commission will pay particular attention to the student’s undergraduate curriculum and grades (especially third-year results), and to the cover letter, which must be written in English. Extra-curricular activities (projects, internships, volunteer work…) may also be taken into account. 

Instructions for writing the cover letter when applying to the Linguistics program

In M1, you will have to write a research paper. In M2, you will have to write a thesis. The research topics offered in English Linguistics are available here.

Please write your motivation letter in English and make sure you answer the following questions :

  • Why are you applying for the Master’s programme in English Linguistics at Université Paris Cité ?
  • What are your long-term goals ?
  • Which subfields of linguistics are you interested in and which subfield would you like to investigate in your M1 and M2 research ?
  • Among the research topics offered by the faculty, please rank the three topics that appeal to you, by order of preference.
  • Among the research topics offered by the faculty, please select the research topic you would like to explore and write a research proposal on that topic.

NB : We cannot guarantee that you will be working on this topic if you are admitted into the programme. However, we will do our best to supervise you in the subfield you are interested in.


This is the only program in France to offer comprehensive training in English linguistics at varying levels of analysis – syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonetics and phonology – along with a comparative dimension. In addition, the necessary tools are provided for students to analyze spoken and written data. By participating in research initiatives, our students will learn to conduct their own projects. Students will have the opportunity to present their findings at various workshops and conferences.


Themes and content :

  • Conversational analysis, dialogue, interaction and questions
  • Verbal anaphors, verb complementation, nominalization
  • Tense, aspect, modality, evidentiality
  • Accents, accent variations, syllable divisions
  • Courses include the analysis of written and oral data, which can also be taken from social media

Tools : PRAAT, TXM, R, ELAN, COCA, Python, Matlab, Psychopy, SketchEngine

How you will be assessed :

Most modules are assessed by written work. You may also be assessed by presentations or original empirical work.

Towards the end of M1, you will complete a research paper which will be presented as a poster. You will be allocated a supervisor who is a specialist in your chosen area.

Towards the end of M2, you will complete and defend your Master’s thesis.

Partner institution :

Department of Linguistics

Our students can take courses in the Department of Linguistics. These will be recognized as external seminars.

The English Linguistics program is a part of the EUR Paris Graduate School of Linguistics

Download the course brochure here


More information

Head of Program

Agnès Celle