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Methods in Linguistics: Putting Theory into Practice


Admission requirements

Admission to the MA program.


This course is meant to serve as a bridge between students’ knowledge of and how this theory is applied to carry out linguistic studies and analyses. The course consists of meetings with members of the LAS linguistics faculty and hands-on practical training carrying out linguistic studies and analyses. This course will be tailored to each individual student and will not be lecture-based.

Course objectives

  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of a variety of methodologies used in linguistic investigations (e.g., naturalistic data collection, experimental data collection, sociolinguistic interviews, etc.).

  • Students will assist in carrying out linguistic research, including having the opportunity to collaborate on study design, data collection, and data analysis.


  • Problem solving (recognizing and analyzing problems, solution-oriented thinking)

  • Analytical thinking (analytical skills, abstraction, proof)

  • Project management (planning, delineation, result orientation)

  • Responsibility (ownership, self-discipline, responsible attitude towards own project, acknowledging errors)

  • Commitment (dedication, motivation, proactive attitude, own initiative)

  • Self-regulation (independence, insight into one's own goals, motives and capacities)

  • Oral communication (presenting, speaking skills, listening)

  • Written communication (writing skills, reporting, structuring, summarizing)

  • Working together (teamwork, support, loyalty, fulfilling agreements, attendance)

  • Flexibility (dealing with changes, eagerness to learn, adaptability)

  • Critical thinking (asking questions, checking assumptions)

  • Creative thinking (resourcefulness, curiosity, out of the box thinking)

  • Integrity (honesty, morality, ethical conduct, personal values)

  • Intercultural skills (communication with different cultures)


My Timetable

Mode of instruction

Research and Internship.

Assessment method


30% internship report
70% performance during the internship


30% internship report
70% performance during the internship


Due to the nature of the course, it is not possible to “retake” the participation/intership portion of the course. Therefore, only the written portion will be open for re-sit.

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.

Reading list

To be announced.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats


All other information will be conveyed directly to the student by his or her supervisor.