The NTHU Institute of Linguistics has been recognized as having one of the most distinguished linguistics programs in Taiwan in theoretical linguistics as well as in the fields of Chinese and Austronesian linguistics. The Institute was founded in 1986, with the launching of the M.A. program. We established a Ph.D. program in 1990, and in 2004, we added a Ph.D. specialization in Austronesian linguistics, in collaboration with the Institute of Linguistics at Academia Sinica (Note that the Ph.D. program with specialization in Austronesian Linguistics will stop accepting new students, as of Fall, 2013). The NTHU Institute of Linguistics aims to give students well-rounded training in linguistics, with equal emphases on theory and practice. Attention is also given to interdisciplinary research, so that students can gain a solid foundation in humanities and natural sciences as well as in linguistics. To better prepare students for graduate studies in linguistics, an undergraduate linguistics program was begun in 2002 through the NTHU Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (now an academic minor at the Interdisciplinary Program of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, NTHU).
Our research aim is to systematically study the languages of Taiwan and surrounding countries from descriptive and theoretical perspectives. Our Institute has strengths in many areas, including phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, as well as the interdisciplinary fields of psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and neurolinguistics. We have a strong commitment to the study of Sinitic, Tibeto-Burman, and Austronesian languages. Regarding coursework, students in the M.A. program must complete 28 credits, of which 20 are from required courses: Phonology (I), Phonology (II), Syntax (I), Syntax (II), Articulatory Phonetics, Field Methods, and Historical Linguistics. Those in the Ph.D. program must complete 24 credits in courses approved by the Institute. Ph.D. students in the Austronesian specialization must take at least four courses related to Austronesian linguistics.
On the average, 15 students enroll in the NTHU Linguistics M.A. program and 2~3 students in the Ph.D. program each year (including international students). We welcome applicants from all around the world and have recently had M.A./Ph.D. students from Botswana, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Russia, Tanzania, Thailand, UK, USA and Vietnam. Roughly 300 students have received their M.A. or Ph.D. degrees from our Institute. Most of our graduates teach in academic programs, and work in linguistics-related business enterprises, across Taiwan and throughout the world.
The NTHU library has approximately 44,000 books on linguistics (30,000 in English and 15,000 in Chinese and Japanese), as well as over 350 periodicals. We also have a state-of-the-art Phonetics Laboratory, Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics Laboratory.