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Language Contact


Admission requirements



Contact linguistics is the study of the effect of language contact on the forms and structures of languages. In this course, language contact will be studied from a number of perspectives:

  • contact induced change and the take-over of lingusitic materials

  • language simplification because of language contact (creoles, pidgins…)

  • language mixing

  • mixed codes of language use.

Course objectives

Course objective 1: Insight in the main objects and challenges concerning the field of contact linguistics.

Course objective 2: Acquirement of skills of analysis of existing literature on language contact.

Course objective 3: Strengthening of oral presentation skills.

Course objective 4: Doing original analysis of contact linguistic questions and/or data.

Course objective 5: Strengthening of written presentation skills of original analysis.


The timetable is available on the “MA Linguistics website”:

Mode of instruction

The seminar breaks down into two parts. Every two weeks there is a lecture by the teacher introducing a particular field of contact linguistics. The other weeks, students present relevant literature from a reading list, concerning the field introduced in the preceding lecture.

Course Load

  • time spent on attending lectures and seminars: 26 hours

  • time for studying the compulsory literature : 60 hours

  • time for preparing two presentations: 50 hours

  • time for writing a paper based on original research: 144 hours

Assessment Method

  • Oral presentation 20%

  • Term paper 80 %


This course is supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

To be announced during the course.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
When registering, students that are registered for the specialisation that this course belongs to, or the Research Master, take priority. The deadline for registration is August 15. All other students should contact the “coordinator of studies”:

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

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