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Linguistics (specialisation) (MA)

Language and Communication

To make successful communication possible, people need much more than their knowledge of the language system.

In the theme “Language and Communication” we study language-in-use. How can we understand each other if we often intend more, or something else, than we are literally saying? How do people strategically use language to achieve certain effects? When is argumentation reasonable? How is our view of the world and the different groups we belong to reflected in the language that we use? This theme uniquely combines courses in pragmatics, sociolinguistics and argumentation/rhetorics.

Theme coordinator: Dr. Ronny Boogaart

Semester 1


EC Core/Elective
Approaches to Argumentative Discourse 10 Core/Elective
Pragmatics 10 Core/Elective
Sociolinguistics 10 Core/Elective
Language, Culture and Cognition 10 Core/Elective
Qualitative methods in linguistics 5 Elective
Multilingual The Hague 10 Elective
Language and communication in Africa 5 Elective
Stilistiek: formuleringskeuzes en overtuigingskracht 10 Elective

De sturende kracht van taal

10 Elective


Semester 2 EC Core/Elective

Argumentative and Rhetorical Practices: strategic maneuvering with truth

10 Core/Elective

Oral Traditions

10 Core/Elective

Een argumentatieve benadering van populisme

10 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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