Statement of Purpose
My interest in linguistics began with my undergraduate studies when I majored in linguistics and translation in the department of English and Translation at Qassim University, Saudi Arabia. After graduation, I pursued my master’s degree in linguistics at the University of Florida. Having my master’s degree, I have applied to the PhD in Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the Fall 2014 semester.
My academic linguistics background has grown significantly during my undergraduate and graduate studies. As an undergraduate, the linguistics courses I studied while earning my bachelor’s degree introduced me to the linguistics world and motivated me to pursue my graduate studies in linguistics. The program included the theoretical core courses: Syntax, Semantics, Morphology, Phonology, and Phonetics and other applied linguistics courses such as Sociolinguistics, Second Language Acquisition and Discourse Analysis. I was fascinated by and good at linguistics in general and theoretical linguistics in particular.
Further development and more greatly impact on my linguistics knowledge has occurred during pursuing my master’s degree in linguistics at the University of Florida. I intensively studied linguistics and explored its fields in-depth. The core courses in that program were Phonology, Morphology and Syntax. Moreover, I enrolled in theoretical and applied linguistics courses, which familiarized me with advanced materials and essential experiences in conducting original research. In applied linguistics, I studied Second Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistics and applied English Grammar. In theoretical linguistics, I took two advanced courses in syntax to investigate core areas of research in transformational syntax covering Generative, Binding, and Minimalist theories. I also studied advanced morphology, where I learned about the theory of Distributed Morphology. Further, I studied A field Method course which equipped me with the tools and fundamentals needed for a field work in linguistics.
Further, during my graduate study I conducted original research papers in most courses and worked along with my professors to improve my research skills. I also presented two of my works in two conferences; a sociolinguistics paper titled Saudi Arabic diglossia in TV interviews at Illinois Symposium on Semitic Linguistics and a syntax paper titled restrictions to wh-in-situ in Najdi Arabic at Illinois Languages and Linguistics Society. I also published a paper about wh-questions in...