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My name is Zachary Brooks. As a graduate student in Applied Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the creator of, I wanted to keep track of the things I was learning and share those with others. That’s why I started I am now a PhD student in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona.

Having done some fairly intense research on PhD programs in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, I thought I would start by sharing what I learned about linguistics programs. Rebecca Starr, now a PhD student at Stanford Linguistics, wrote a handbook about graduate programs in linguistics in 2003 while completing her undergraduate degree in linguistics at Harvard. At the time, she wrote it with Harvard students in mind. Fast-forward seven years, and I faced the same problem that Rebecca Starr faced; A paucity of information on PhD programs in linguistics. Fortunately, I came across Starr’s handbook while I was putting together a review of the PhD Linguistics Programs. Since I had done a broader investigation of PhD Linguistics programs, I approached Rebecca Starr about using her handbook as a template for a new handbook. She agreed.

The utilitarian title for the handbook is Linguistics PhD Programs – Application and Review.

Initially,  I  added expanded coverage of PhD Linguistics Programs in Theoretical Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. Since then, I’ve gotten feedback from various people asking that I add functional linguistics and various corrections, deletions, and additions. Since I’m now a visiting researcher at Stockholm University I would also like to add more European schools to the list.

I have also modified the wording to reflect the new audience. Anyone who is interested in exploring the possibility of completing a PhD in Linguistics is invited to review and make comments. This is a modified version of the .pdf form divided into six (6) sections.


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May 19, 2011 at 8:00 am

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  1. Hi Zac ,

    First of all I want to thank you for that wonderful blog ! MashAllah good job man

    Secondly I want to introsuce myself , I’m Ahmad Ashafey , works as Arabic teacher for non Arabic speakers ,interested in Comparative linguistics ,and learning foreign languages ……. Applied linguistics is one of mt best intersets since teaching languages is one of the outstanding points ain Applied linguistics ….. I just want to ask your permission to prescribe in your blog as I feel that I learn a lot InshAllah ! 🙂

    Thank You


    March 30, 2013 at 10:30 am

    • Hello Ahmed,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the blog. Yes, please subscribe.




      June 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm

  2. Oh I forgot to say That also if it’s okay to add some of comparative knowledge (Arabic – English) ?


    March 30, 2013 at 10:34 am

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