Semester 1: Advanced Syntax 1, Advanced Syntax 2, Cross-Linguistic Variation in Semantics, Advanced Phonology 1
Semester 2: Comparative Syntax, Advanced Phonology 2, Advanced Morphology
Suggested Electives: Advanced Typology, Pragmatics: speakers, hearers and meanings, Statistics in Linguistics, Cognitive Neuroscience of Language, Field Methods, Machine learning for NLP, The Communicative Mind: Investigating the Interplay between Language and Social Cognition, Individual Project (FGW)
Semester 1: Experimental Phonetics, Cognitive Neuroscience of Language, Methods in Speech Processing
Semester 2: Methods in Experimental Linguistics, Forensic Speech Science, The Communicative Mind: Investigating the Interplay between Language and Social Cognition
Suggested Electives: Second Language Acquisition, Statistics in Linguistics, Machine learning for NL, The Communicative Mind: Investigating the Interplay between Language and Social Cognition , Individual Project (FGW)
Semester 1: Diversity Linguistics: Africa, Asia and the Americas, Advanced Typology, Field methods, Language Documentation
Semester 2: Issues in Language Endangerment and Revitalization, Fieldwork Internship/practicum
Suggested Electives: Language Contact, Cross-linguistic Variation in Semantics, Language Culture and Cognition, Oral Traditions, Individual Project (FGW), Internship Linguistics
Semester 1: Diversity Linguistics: Africa, Asia and the Americas, Experimental Phonetics, Advanced Syntax 1, Advanced Phonology 1, Cross-linguistic Variation in Semantics
Semester 2: Fieldwork Internship/practicum, Comparative Syntax
Suggested Electives: Advanced Typology, Advanced Morphology, Methods in Speech Processing, Field Methods, Advanced Phonology 2, Individual Project (FGW)
Semester 1: Indo-European Linguistics I, Indo-European Linguistics II (Noun), Advanced topics in Indo-European Morphology: Verb, Methodology of Comparative Indo-European Linguistics
Semester 2: Indo-European Linguistics II (Verb), Advanced Indo-European Phonology
Suggested Electives: Vedic Sanskrit for Indo-Europeanists, Anatolian Languages: Hittite and Luwian, Anatolian Historical Linguistics, Avestan, Atharvaveda Paippalāda Hymns: Vedic Sanskrit Reading Class, Ancient Greek for Indo-Europeanists, Historical Grammar of Latin, Individual Project (FGW)
Semester 1: Pragmatics: speakers, hearers and meanings, Argumentation and Persuasion, Language, Culture and Cognition
Semester 2: Themes in Sociolinguistics: Speakers' choices across the globe
Qualitative Methods in Linguistics, Language, Culture and Cognition, Stilistiek: formuleringskeuzes en overtuigingskracht, Communication in Africa: the Power of Language & Media, Historische sociolinguïstiek: taal in de stad, Oral Traditions,
De sturende kracht van taal, Individual Project (FGW)
Semester 1: Second Language Acquisition, Experimental Phonetics, Pragmatics: speakers, hearers and meanings
Semester 2: Forensic Speech Science, Themes in Sociolinguistics: Speakers' choices across the globe
Suggested Electives: Statistics in Linguistics, Qualitative Methods in Linguistics, Methods in Speech Processing, Field Methods, Methods in Experimental Linguistics, Didactiek van het Nederlands als tweede taal, The Communicative Mind: Investigating the Interplay between Language and Social Cognition, Machine learning for NLP, Individual Project (FGW)
Semester 1: Machine learning for NLP, Methods in Speech Processing
Semester 2: Computational Corpus Analysis, Methods in Speech Processing, Advanced topics in Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing
Suggested Electives: Evolutionary Algorithms, Social Network Analysis for Computer Scientists, Text Mining, Statistics in Linguistics, Computational Models and Semantics, Individual Project (FGW)
The curriculum of Linguistics offers a wide range of perspectives on the history, structure and use of language. The programme has three specialisations.
How can you use this knowledge and the skills that you acquire? Which specialisation should you choose within your study programme and why? What skills do you already have, and what further skills do you still want to learn? How do you translate the courses that you choose into something that you’d like to do after graduation?
These questions and more will be discussed at various times during your study programme. You may already have spoken about them with your study coordinator, [the or other students, or made use of the Leiden University Career Zone. Many different activities are organised to help you reflect on your own wishes and options, and give you the chance to explore the job market. All these activities are focused on the questions: ‘What can I do?’, ‘What do I want?’ and ‘How do I achieve my goals?’.
You will be notified via the Faculty website, your study programme website and email about further activities in the area of job market preparation. The following activities will help you to thoroughly explore your options, so we advise you to take careful note of them:
Future employers are interested not only in the subject-related knowledge that you acquired during your study programme, but also in the ‘transferable skills’. These include cognitive skills, such as critical thinking, reasoning and argumentation and innovation; intrapersonal skills, such as flexibility, initiative, appreciating diversity and metacognition; and interpersonal skills, such as communication, accountability and conflict resolution. In short, they are skills that all professionals need in order to perform well.
It is therefore important that during your study programme you not only acquire as much knowledge as possible about your subject, but also are aware of the skills you have gained and the further skills you still want to learn. The course descriptions in the e-Prospectus of [Linguistics] include, in addition to the courses’ learning objectives, a list of the skills that they aim to develop.
The skills you may encounter in the various courses are:
During your studies you have ample opportunity to gain experience studying, working, or conducting research at an organisation or institution. This experience is highly valued within international organisations. Many of our students choose to do an internship during their study. Internships are a great way to gain invaluable first-hand experience in your area of interest before you decide on making it a career. More information about finding and arranging an internship can be found on this website.
In recent years, students from Linguistics (specialisation) have participated in internships at:
Leiden University Centre for Linguistics
Koninklijke Brill NV
Transnational Consulting S.L.
Ambassade van het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden Rome
Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken
KERN B.V. Vertaal- en Tolkservice
LiBC Babylab voor taalverwerving
Pro Comunidades Indigenas
Instituut voor Gebaren, Taal & Dovenstudies
If you have any questions about career choices, whether in your studies or on the job market, you are welcome to make an appointment with the career adviser of the the Humanities Career Service 071-5272235, or with your Coordinator of Studies.