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Linguistics: Modern Languages

This is a specialisation within the MA Linguistics.

Different language routes in Modern Languages allow students to specialise in their language of choice: Chinese Linguistics, English Linguistics, French Linguistics, German Linguistics and/or Italian Linguistics.

Students follow 30 EC per semester, divided over two semesters. In the first semester, students follow 30 EC in courses, during the second semester students follow 10 EC in courses and write their MA thesis (20 EC).

Students take the following courses:

20 EC: Theme courses in/about the language(s) of their choice

20 EC: Electives from one of four elective packages: Language Learning, Language & Literature, Language & Linguistics, Two Languages Specialisation, or a custom programme of choice (pending approval from the Board of Examiners). Please use this form: link Students can choose between regular courses, courses from the Masterlanguage programme and/or a 10 EC internship or individual project.

20 EC: MA thesis

All languages

The five different language themes and their available theme courses are

1. Chinese

Theme courses: Comparative Asian Linguistics, Sinographics: Chinese writing and writing Chinese

2. English

Theme courses: English Word Formation, English Historical Linguistics, Historical Sociolinguistics & Varieties of English, Sociolinguistics

3. French

Theme courses: L'expression de la quantité en français, La liaison de propositions

4. German

Theme courses: Die Wissenschaft der Wörter, Universalien und Rarissima

5. Italian

Theme courses: Introduzione alla filologia italiana. Editare un testo italiano, L’italiano contemporaneo, Italiano L2 e metodi per l’apprendimento dell’italiano come L2

Electives: Four approved elective packages

1. Language Learning: Second Language Acquisition, Bilingual Acquisition, Qualitative Methods in Linguistics, Statistics in Linguistics
2. Language & Literature: Courses from the MA Asian Studies or MA Literary Studies
3a. Language & Linguistics: Courses from the MA Linguistics: Linguistics specialisation, linguistic courses from the Masterlanguage programme, an Internship or Individual Project.
3b. Language & Linguistics with a special emphasis on Asian linguistics: Courses from the MA Asian Studies, an Internship or Individual project.
4. Two Languages Specialisation: Two courses from one of the other language specialisations (when French linguistics is your main specialisation, you may, for example, choose two Italian linguistics courses or vice versa).

Chinese

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Obligatory theme courses

Comparative Asian Linguistics 10
Sinographics: Chinese writing and writing Chinese 10
MA Thesis Linguistics 20

Elective packages

Language Learning

Second Language Acquisition 10
Statistics in Linguistics 5
Qualitative Methods in Linguistics 5
Bilingual Acquisition 10

Language & Literature

Courses MA Asian Studies 10/20
Courses MA Literary Studies 10/20

Language & Linguistics

Courses MA Linguistics: Linguistics 10/20
Individual Project (FGW) 10
Internship Linguistics 10

Language & Linguistics with a special emphasis on Asian linguistics

Courses MA Asian Studies 10/20
Individual Project (FGW) 10
Internship Linguistics 10

Two Languages Specialisation

Courses Modern Languages: English 10/20
Courses Modern Languages: French 10/20
Courses Modern Languages: German 10/20
Courses Modern Languages: Italian 10/20

English

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Obligatory courses

Theme courses: choose 20 ec from

English Word Formation 10
English Historical Linguistics 10
Sociolinguistics 10
Masterlanguage: Language variation and change in the history of English 5
Masterlanguage: Learner Corpus Research and Language Teaching 5

Semester 2: Obligatory course

MA Thesis Linguistics 20

Electives: choose 20 ec from

Language Learning

Second Language Acquisition 10
Statistics in Linguistics 5
Qualitative Methods in Linguistics 5
Bilingual Acquisition 10

Language & Literature

Courses MA Asian Studies 10/20
Courses MA Literary Studies 10/20

Free choice

Individual Project (FGW) 10
Internship Linguistics 10
Courses MA Asian Studies 10/20
Courses MA Linguistics: Linguistics 10/20
Courses MA Literary Studies 10/20

French

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Obligatory courses

Choose 20 EC from:

L'expression de la quantité en français 10
Masterlanguage: Apprendre le français 5
La liaison de propositions 10
Masterlanguage: Communication interculturelle et médiation 5
Masterlanguage: Le défi de la traduction 5

Semester 2: Obligatory course

MA Thesis Linguistics 20

Electives: choose 20 ec from

Language Learning

Second Language Acquisition 10
Statistics in Linguistics 5
Qualitative Methods in Linguistics 5
Bilingual Acquisition 10

Language & Literature

Courses MA Asian Studies 10/20
Courses MA Literary Studies 10/20

Free choice

Individual Project (FGW) 10
Internship Linguistics 10
Courses MA Asian Studies 10/20
Courses MA Linguistics: Linguistics 10/20
Courses MA Literary Studies 10/20

German

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Obligatory courses

Theme courses: choose 20 ec from

Die Wissenschaft der Wörter 10
Universalien und Rarissima German in Language Typology MA 10
Masterlanguage: Deutsch und seine Varianten: Variation im Standarddeutschen 5
Masterlanguage: Deutsch und seine Verwandten: Das Deutsche im Vergleich mit dem Niederländischen und Englischen 5

Semester 2: Obligatory course

MA Thesis Linguistics 20

Electives: choose 20 ec from

Language Learning

Second Language Acquisition 10
Statistics in Linguistics 5
Qualitative Methods in Linguistics 5
Bilingual Acquisition 10

Language & Literature

Courses MA Asian Studies 10/20
Courses MA Literary Studies 10/20

Free choice

Individual Project (FGW) 10
Internship Linguistics 10
Courses MA Asian Studies 10/20
Courses MA Linguistics: Linguistics 10/20
Courses MA Literary Studies 10/20

Italian

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Obligatory courses

Theme courses: choose 20 ec from

Italian philology: editing texst in Italian 10
Contemporary Italian 10
Italiano L2 e metodi per l’apprendimento dell’italiano come L2 10
Masterlanguage: Italianissimo: Laboratorio di perfezionamento 1 5

Semester 2: Obligatory course

MA Thesis Linguistics 20

Electives: choose 20 ec from

Language Learning

Second Language Acquisition 10
Statistics in Linguistics 5
Qualitative Methods in Linguistics 5
Bilingual Acquisition 10

Language & Literature

Courses MA Asian Studies 10/20
Courses MA Literary Studies 10/20

Free choice

Individual Project (FGW) 10
Internship Linguistics 10
Courses MA Asian Studies 10/20
Courses MA Linguistics: Linguistics 10/20
Courses MA Literary Studies 10/20

Career Preparation

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Leiden Elective Academic Periodical - Special Issue #2 "Nature" 10