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Languages of Sub-Saharan Africa


Admission requirements

Admission to the MA Linguistics or knowledge of linguistics at level of BA Linguistics or a language study with specialization in linguistics.


The course provides an overview of African linguistics and its history. Central topics for African languages such as Tone, Gender and Noun Classes, Serial Verbs, Derivation and Diathesis as well as characterisations of some language families (Cushitic, Bantu, Kwa). Students are encouraged to home in to their specific area of interest.

Course objectives

Students acquire specialist knowledge of the most important linguistic issues in African languages and of the linguistic area they want to work on.
Students acquire a solid overview of various topics in a short period of time and can report on this concisely and critically.


The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website.

Mode of instruction

Seminar (reading list if fewer than 5 particpants)

Course Load

  • time spent on attending lectures and seminars: 26 hours

  • time for studying the compulsory literature and preparing for class: 96 hours

  • time to prepare for the presentation, exam and/or writea pape (including reading/research) : 158 hours

Assessment Method

  • Essays 80%

  • Presentations 20%

H3. Blackboard

This course is supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

To be announced during class.


Students should register through uSis. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail:

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MA Linguistics departmental office, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144;