How is language constructed and which aspects can be distinguished and studied? How are these aspects realized in different language families and specific languages?
THE PROGRAMME HAS THE FOLLOWING SPECIALIZATIONS: The
Human Language System (THLS) and Language Development and Variation
Theoretical and Empirical Linguistics is a one-year Master's track of the MA Linguistics which is based on the strengths of the Groningen Linguistics sections (English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish).
It gives students a broad and attractive, but coherent and cohesive, range of options, oriented along the following approaches:
The track focuses on language with all its complexities. The
main focus is how to make sense of complex data in order to be able
to study the structure, variation, change, and development of
language, so as to obtain a better understanding of the human
It covers the principal subfields of linguistic study (sound, structure, meaning), and offers plenty of opportunity for students to focus on a particular language or language family (working with specialists in different modern European languages) or to pursue their interests in general linguistics.
Are you a non-EU/EEA student from Russia, India or Indonesia, starting a Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the University of Groningen OTS/Talent Grant, Faculty of Arts, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.
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Are you interested in a research oriented career? Please also check our Research Master's Programme of Linguistics.