M.A English

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M.A English

University Of Hamburg
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The Master of Arts program English as a World Language focuses on the so-called "New Englishes." This refers to variants of English (pidgin and creole languages) spoken in former Asian, African, and Caribbean colonies. Currently, we are witnessing a shift in the status, function, and structure of these language variants. Not only are they being adapted to local languages; they are also establishing themselves as languages in their own right. This master's program investigates both linguistically internal and external factors in the development of these language variants.

English as a World Language (ENGAGE) is a joint program offered by the Department of English and American Studies and the Asien-Afrika-Institut. Students may also pursue independent research under intensive supervision.

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission in M.A English at University Of Hamburg for all applicants (Domestic or International) are:

  • program specific academic requirment set by University Of Hamburg.
  • English Language OR any other language requirments as set by University Of Hamburg as pre-requiste for admission in M.A English.

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Courses Units

The program includes the following modules:

  • Module 1a: Foundations of synchronic English linguistics
  • Module 1b: Studying/working abroad/(empirical) project
  • Module 2: Foundations of diachronic English linguistics
  • Module 3: Languages and cultures of the contact regions: Africa, South and Southeast Asia
  • Research module 1: Varieties of English
  • Research module 2: Scientific methods and independent study
  • Optional courses: additional courses offered by other departments, attending conferences, etc.
  • Final module: Master's thesis and final exam

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