PhD in Linguistics


The Department’s Ph.D. in Linguistics programme focuses on inquiry-based research approach, rather than on information-based approach. The Department has designed a rigorous coursework of 1 year (2 semesters) as part of the PhD programme, which aims to sharpen the analytic abilities and inquisitiveness of the research scholars, to inculcate the scientific temper in them as well as to imbibe in them ethical practices of research and publication. We also promote collaborative research instead of competitive and individualistic research. 

For every admitted PhD scholar in the Department, a Research Advisory Committee is formed which includes all the PhD supervisors in the Department as well as a subject-expert outside of the University of Mumbai. The Department ensures to invite internationally renowned experts on the RAC-s of its researchers. Currently, experts such as Prof. Anna Arregui (Massachusetts University, Amherst, USA), Prof. Miriam Butt (Konstanz University, Germany), Prof. Ashwini Deo (University of Austin-Texas, USA), Prof. Samir Karmakar (University of Jadavpur, India), Prof. Sandhya Sunderesan (Stonybrooks University, USA) are part of the RAC-s of our researchers. The RAC-s meet every six months to review the progress of the PhD scholars and offer them constructive suggestions to move forward in their research. 

The Department seeks the candidates interested in working in the areas of the structure and the use of language, especially in the fields of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and sociolinguistics. As per the UGC regulations, the Ph.D. intake capacity of the Department is 08. Six researchers are currently working on their doctoral thesis. 

For the Syllabus of the PhD Coursework in Linguistics, click on this link.

Check out the Admission Procedure under “Admissions