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Linguistics (specialisation) (MA)

Language Processing and Cognition

Using the language system in real time - i.e. speaking and listening, or signing and watching sign - requires fast processing of information at different levels in our cognitive system. How do we do this? How is linguistic information activated, processed and integrated, and where in the brain do these processes take place? How can we device experiments that give us insight in the workings of our language processing system? The theme "Language processing and cognition" combines courses that center around these questions.

Theme coordinator: Prof. dr. Claartje Levelt


Semester 1


EC Core/Elective

Experimental Phonetics

10 Core/Elective
Cognitive Neuroscience of Language 10 Core/Elective
Statistics in Linguistics 5 Core/Elective
Methods in Speech Processing 5 Core/Elective

Methods in Experimental Linguistics

5 Core/Elective

Second Language Acquisition

10 Elective


Semester 2 EC Core/Elective

Forensic Speech Science

10 Core/Elective
Bilingual Acquisition 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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