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Topics in Linguistics C: Language contact and Prehistory


Admission requirements



The effects of language contact may be important indicators of the linguistic past. In this course, the possibilities and problems of using language contact to reconstruct language prehistory will be explored through selected case studies covering different contact situations, different linguistic domains, and known as well as unknown contact languages. Students will make a presentation and write a paper about a case of language contact of their own choice.

Course objectives

After this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify several types of prehistoric language contact

  • Analyse and discuss arguments on language prehistory based on language contact

  • Critically present a case of inferences on prehistory based on language contact


Linguistics (research) (MA)

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load: 140 hours (5 EC x 28 hours)

  • Seminars: 12 hours

  • Preparation seminars: 24 hours

  • Preparation presentation: 24 hours

  • Final paper: 80 hours

Assessment method

  • Presentation during the seminar (20%)

  • Final paper (80%)


Blackboard will be used for:

Announcements and course information

Reading list

No books need to be purchased. Literature will be announced during the course.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website


Michaël Peyrot

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats

E-mail address Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies