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Language Contact


Admission requirements

General background in linguistics


This course provides an overview of the field of contact linguistics, esp. the subject of contact-induced
change. During this course, several subjects will be treated in depth:

  • What linguistic changes happen in contact-induced change? (the typology of borrowing, etc.)

  • What sociolinguistic patterns lead to contact-induced change? (different outcomes because of
    different sociolinguistic circumstances)

  • How can we know something is contact-induced change and not just internal?

  • Special outcomes under special circumstances: pidgins, creoles, mixed languages

Course objectives

  1. Evaluating the main objectives and challenges concerning the field of contact linguistics
  2. Analyzing literature on language contact
  3. Strengthening oral presentation skills
  4. Strengthening analytical skills
  5. Strengthening written presentation skills


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment Method

Oral presentation(s) and written final paper.

Oral presentations based on reading of original literature: 20% Final paper: 80% The students’ presence is mandatory; repeated absence can lead to adjustments in the grading or to exclusion from examination and the resit. The final mark is established by determining the weighted average. All the examinations (oral presentations and paper) must be at least graded 6.


If the paper was graded a non-pass, the student is allowed to hand in a corrected version. Grading of the corrected version will take the amount of feedback to the student on the original paper. As in all MA programs, it is not possible to write a resit for a paper that was graded 6 or higher.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

NOTE: The students’ presence is mandatory; repeated absence can lead to adjustments in the grading or to exclusion from examination and the resit.

Exam Review

Students are entitled to view their marked examination within a period of 30 days, following publication of the results of a written examination.

Reading list

To be announced during the course thru Brightspace


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.

Students other than MA Linguistics need permission from the coordinator of studies before enrolling.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Education Administration Office Reuvensplaats

E-mail address Education Administration Office Reuvensplaats:

Coordinator of Studies