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Checklist of American and British Programs in Stylistics and Literary Linguistics

Academic journal article Style

Checklist of American and British Programs in Stylistics and Literary Linguistics

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The list of programs provided is meant to expedite the sometimes difficult process of finding a university at which to study stylistics or literary linguistics in the United States and the United Kingdom. Most information is available online at the provided homepages or was generously supplied by the programs' directors.

Stylistics and literary linguistics examine the use of linguistics and language study in the analysis of literary and non-literary texts and the effects of particular language on readers. Finding a university with a program specifically designed to facilitate the study of Stylistics or literary linguistics can prove difficult, as relatively few American or British institutions offer degrees in these areas. The following list of graduate-level degree programs in America and Britain hopes to expedite such a search and to encourage prospective students to further their study in Stylistics or literary linguistics. Any omissions are regretted.

In the United States

1. NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY, Flagstaff, AZ, USA. Northern Arizona University's Department of English offers a PhD in applied linguistics with a number of specializations, including stylistics and corpus linguistics. The program allows a high degree of flexibility to give students the opportunity to pursue a diverse range of issues, supported by PhD seminars. For information contact Dr. Douglas Biber, Regents' Professor and PhD Advisor,, phone: 928-523-6156; Dr. Mary McGroarty,, phone: 928-523-6073; or view program information online at

2. NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, DeKalb, IL, USA. Northern Illinois University offers an MA in Linguistics and Stylistics. The program presents a well-rounded course of study in general linguistics with emphasis on the use of corpora in stylistic analysis. Students with little former training in linguistics are welcome to apply. For information contact Dr. Donald E. Hardy, Dept. of English,, phone: 815-753-6692; or view program information online at

3. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS, Denton, TX, USA. The University of North Texas offers a PhD in English with a focus in Poetics and Linguistic Analysis of Literature. The program is highly flexible and personalized, and coursework for the degree is "roughly equivalent to that for a combined Master's Degree in Creative Writing, in Literature, and in Theoretical Linguistics" (Ross). Students with little training in linguistics and those with degrees not related to the study of English are welcome to apply. For information contact Dr. John "Haj" Ross, Poetics Program,, phone: 940-369-8946; or view program information online at

In the United Kingdom

1. LANCASTER UNIVERSITY, Lancaster, UK. The Department of Linguistics and Modern English Language at Lancaster University offers an MA program in Stylistics. "Current research covers a wide range of text-types, including poetry, prose fiction, drama, the press and advertising," and new developments in corpus Stylistics are explored "in relation to the study of metaphor and discourse presentation," readers' inferences from texts, "and the empirical study of literature" ( The program consists of a combination of coursework and a dissertation and is flexible to allow a tailored course of study. For information contact the Department of Linguistics and M.E.L.,, phone: +44 (0)1524 593045, fax: +44 (0)1524 843085; or view program information online at

2. UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM, Birmingham, UK. The Department of English at the University of Birmingham offers an MA in Literary Linguistics, full-time for one year or part-time for two years. The program requires both coursework and a final short dissertation. …

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