Master Linguistics, Specialization Language Consultancy and Linguistic Documentation

People need language in order to communicate. Most of the time this is spoken language. Linguists study the phenomenon ‘language’ from different points of view. For instance, we study typologically different languages, so we can establish language universals, or language family universals. But we also study the learnability of language: how do children learn their language(s)? And how does this differ from processes that second language learners go through? If you are interested in the way languages are structured, and/or the way people learn and use their languages, this is your program! Choose either the English taught program that focuses on typological and descriptive linguistics or the Dutch taught program on applied linguistics.

These are the two tracks:
•    Language Consultancy and Linguistic Documentation (English)
•    Applied Linguistics (Dutch)

Master's program in Linguistics: Language Consultancy and Linguistic Documentation
The one-year Master in Linguistics offers a program in general linguistics that focuses on the interaction between theory and data in the research traditions of anthropological, typological and descriptive linguistics. There are three specialist courses in the first semester: Linguistic Research, Describing Morphosyntax and Articulatory phonetics & the Typology of Sounds. The student also chooses one or two out of three specialist tutorials. In the second semester, the student takes two more courses and writes his/her MA thesis. These courses are: Anthropological Linguistics and Field Methods & Linguistic Analysis.

Upon graduation, the student has the knowledge, skills and expertise to function as a linguistic consultant or linguistic researcher in many settings, especially in translation, cross-cultural communication and language documentation. The student will have:
• knowledge of current developments in the fields of typological, descriptive and anthropological linguistics;
• the ability to reflect critically on scholarly publications in these fields;
• the skills to carry out linguistic research in fieldwork and cross-cultural linguistic consultancy settings in a methodologically adequate and systematic fashion;
• the ability to communicate the results of his or her research clearly and systematically to both fellow linguists and audiences outside academia;
• the ability to write a reference grammar of an underdocumented language in accordance with the international standards of descriptive and documentary linguistics.

Master’s program in Linguistics: Applied Linguistics
This specialization is a Dutch program. Please consult the Dutch study guide for more information.

Programme overview

Teaching and exam regulations on VUnet (inlog)

The one-year Master in Linguistics offers a program in general
linguistics that focuses on the interaction between theory and data in
the research traditions of anthropological, typological and descriptive
linguistics. There are three specialist courses in the first semester:
Linguistic Research, Describing Morphosyntax and Articulatory phonetics
& the Typology of Sounds. The student also chooses one or two out of
three specialist tutorials. In the second semester, the student takes
two more courses and writes his/her MA thesis. These courses are:
Anthropological Linguistics and Field Methods & Linguistic Analysis.
Upon graduation, the student has the knowledge, skills and expertise to
function as a linguistic consultant or linguistic researcher in many
settings, especially in translation, cross-cultural communication and
language documentation. The student will have:
• knowledge of current developments in the fields of typological,
descriptive and anthropological linguistics;
• the ability to reflect critically on scholarly publications in these
fields;
• the skills to carry out linguistic research in fieldwork and cross-
cultural linguistic consultancy settings in a methodologically adequate
and systematic fashion;
• the ability to communicate the results of his or her research clearly
and systematically to both fellow linguists and audiences outside
academia;
• the ability to write a reference grammar of an underdocumented
language in accordance with the international standards of descriptive
and documentary linguistics.

Attend the obligatory modules and choose Electives for Linguistic
Consultancy for Bible Translation or Linguistic Electives worth 12
credits.
 
Course name Period Credits Code Pdf
Master Thesis Linguistics: Language Consultancy and Linguistic Documentation Ac. Year (September) 18.0 L_TAMATWSSCR
Articulatory Phonetics and Typology of Sounds Period 1 6.0 L_TAMATWS010
Linguistic Research Period 1 6.0 L_AAMATWS002
Describing Morphosyntax Period 2 6.0 L_TAMATWS014
Field Methods and Linguistic Analysis Period 4+5 6.0 L_TAMATWS016
Anthropological Linguistics: An Overview Period 5 6.0 L_TAMATWS015
 
Name course part Code Pdf
Linguistic Consultancy for Bible Translation LM1_SPBTBLE
Linguistics LM1_SPLD_K
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