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Topics Latin American Linguistics


Admission requirements

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.).

Course objectives

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.


Timetable LAS

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

  • 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

Assessment method

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

Reading list

To be announced


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:
Mw. Dr. P. Gonzalez

Coordinator of Studies: A.C. Wapenaar MA

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats


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