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Linguistics (specialisation) (MA)

Theoretical Approaches to Linguistic Diversity

Describing a new language for the first time is an exciting and challenging intellectual experience.

It is best done against a solid background in linguistic typology, as that helps us to recognize patterns in the language that are common versus those that are rare or unique among the world’s languages. In addition, theories of phonetics, phonology, morphology or syntax enable us to formulate research questions that can lead to a more detailed understanding and more insightful analysis of primary data in those various subfields. At the same time, the primary data can be used to modify or refine typological categorizations and theoretical models. The theme “Theoretical approaches to Linguistic Diversity” provides you tools to combine the study of primary data with typology and theory.

Theme coordinator: Prof. dr. Marian Klamer

Semester 1


EC Core/Elective

Diversity Linguistics: Africa, Asia and the Americas

10 Core/Elective

Experimental Phonetics

10 Core/Elective

Advanced Morphology I

5 Core/Elective

Advanced Phonology I

5 Core/Elective
Advanced Syntax I 5 Core/Elective


Semester 2 EC Core/Elective

Comparative Syntax

10 Core/Elective

Advanced Typology

10 Elective

Advanced Morphology 2

5 Elective

Advanced Phonology 2

5 Elective
Field Methods 5 Elective
Methods in Speech Processing 5 Elective

* a 20 EC Thesis is obligatory in the second semester. An internship or an individual project can be arranged as an elective course either in the first or in the second semester.

Detailed programme

For a detailed programma, see the online study guide.

Please note that the Prospectus shows a provisional programme and list of courses.

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