This two-year programme trains you as a researcher in theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, applied language and communication studies or in linguistic engineering. The programme contains a set of core courses in these areas which all students follow, but at the same time it allows you to specialize in one of the main research themes of the Department of Language and Communication, namely Language, Cognition and Communication, Language Acquisition, Language Documentation and Computational Lexicology and Terminology . The researchers working within these departmental themes are all affiliated to interfaculty research institutes within the VU. As a result, a lot of attention is paid to the relations between linguistics, the cognitive sciences, anthropology, communication theory, and education. There is also a strong emphasis on learning how to use various methods of linguistic
research (corpus-based research, fieldwork, native speaker intuitions, experiments, and linguistic modelling). The Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab (CLTL http://wordpress.let.vupr.nl/), an ambitious international research team has worked out a specialization in Linguistic Engineering, as a variant of the standard programme (Linguistics).