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Translation & Languages

BA Lingustics

3 years

€2143 pa

Programme profile

Our capacity to use language makes us human beings unique as a species and it is present in all aspects of our daily life. If language fascinates you, you would like to know more about it, and work with it, you are bound to enjoy a BA programme in linguistic. As a linguist you will look at: how languages resemble each other or differ, how children acquire their mother tongue(s) and how this is similar or different from second language acquisition later, how language impairments arise, how language is represented in our brains, how languages change over time and how sign languages compare to spoken languages.

Programme content

The first year consists of several components. On the one hand, you take theoretical courses in which you become familiar with basic linguistic concepts. Simultaneously, you acquire a language that is new to you. The experience of acquiring this language is used in the theoretical courses, in the sense that you will frequently be asked to come up with examples of certain phenomena in your language. And of course you also have to acquire certain practical skills that are important for a linguist. The theoretical component consists of an Introduction to Linguistics, Phonetics, Morphology and Sociolinguistics.I n the language component you are brought to a good level in one of: Czech, Dutch, Frisian, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Sign Language of The Netherlands (NGT), and Swedish. The important thing is to choose a language that will help you to become involved as a curious linguist when studying it. I

In the second and third year you have two basic options. Either you dedicate all your attention to general linguistic subjects, or you continue studying the language of your choice from the first year and combine this with a smaller range of courses in linguistics. In the latter case you will not only take language courses but also dedicate attention to the linguistic analysis of the language of your choice. All students take the so-called ‘structural’ courses, teaching you about the structure of sounds (Phonology), phrases/sentences (Syntax), and meaning (Semantics & Pragmatics. If you take the first option, you will take additional courses on the acquisition and processing of language (First Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Language & Speech Disorders, Neurolinguistics). In these courses you learn how to collect linguistic data and how such data can contribute to acquisition and processing theories, but also to linguistic theory. If you take the second option, you will take additional courses on the language of your choice.

In the third year you also write your BA thesis.

Entry Requirements

Three A-Levels and 3 GCSEs

Six passes at Leaving Certificate, inc two at H4 or above




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