Although the course is open to all LAS MA students, it is strongly recommended that students have at least a basic knowledge of phonetics/phonology, syntax, sociolinguistics, and bilingualism (i.e., the level of knowledge of a BA LAS student at the end of the BA).
This course is an introduction to the study of bilingual grammars in a Latin American context. Main theoretical and methodological issues will be discussed by drawing on examples from studies of bilingualism in Spanish and Portuguese (i.e., the course material will be based on academic articles relevant to the field). Several topics will be presented, from first to second language acquisition, individual to social bilingualism and finally language instruction and language policies in Latin America. Readings, discussions, and practical sessions will center on theoretical issues and methods of data collection. Because of the wide variety of possible topics we could cover related to linguistics in Latin America and the accelerated nature of the master’s program, some classes will be specifically focused on those aspects that are most relevant for students’ theses (theory, data collection and analysis, etc.).
The students will acquire knowledge of how bilingualism can be studied from a variety of viewpoints, including generative, sociolinguistic, and psycholinguistic perspectives. In addition, students will be able to show how different perspectives can shed light on their own research interests regarding bilingualism in Latin America.
Mode of instruction
Total course load for the course 280 hrs
Hours spent on attending lectures and seminars (2 hours per week x 14 weeks): 28 hours
Time for studying the compulsory literature and writing weekly papers: 140 hours
Time for preparing presentation: 56 hours
Time for preparing final paper: 56 hours
Weekly response papers 30%
Final research paper 40%
Oral presentation 30%
The final grade for the course will be established by determining the weighted average. Only students with a final grade less than a 6 will be allowed to take the resit.
Re-sit: for the relevant component
Blackboard will be used for:
- providing study materials
To be announced
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
Coordinator of Studies: M.A.G. van Leeuwen MA
Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats