French Language and Linguistics

The Master’s in Linguistics specialisation in French Language and Linguistics at Leiden University offers in-depth courses in a wide array of topics covering theoretical and applied linguistics, including language acquisition, syntax, and semantics. You have the opportunity to analyse the French language from an academic perspective, as well as in the context of its economic or legal applications.

Choose French Language and Linguistics at Leiden University:

  • Learn from a dedicated team of active researchers, many of whom are the recipients of prestigious prizes and research grants.
  • Choose from an array of specialised courses and research topics that are tailored to your individual interests.
  • Benefit from the support of close and regular communication between staff and students throughout the programme.
  • Follow courses that are closely tied into the current linguistic research being carried out at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), an institute with a long-standing international reputation for excellence.

Check out the programme in French Language and Linguistic.

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Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Linguistics
  • Degree Master of Arts in Linguistics
  • Mode of study Full-time and part-time. Non-EU/EEA students must study full-time.
  • Duration 1 year (full-time); 1.5 years (part-time)
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction French
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60815

Prof. Johan Rooryck

Johan Rooryck

“Our lecturers have available a broad network which covers universities in France, the United States and Canada.”

“The strength of the specialisation in French Language and Linguistics lies in the unique expertise of our lecturers, who enjoy an eminent international reputation and who publish extensively. Students can participate in sub-areas of their research via essays and other assignments. They are also free to ask the lecturers for specific tutorials.

Our lecturers have available a broad network which covers universities in France, the United States and Canada. Students benefit greatly from this network: some are now studying at Bryn Mawr and Indiana University.

The Leiden master’s attracts students from all parts of the Netherlands. Agreements have been reached with the University of Amsterdam, the Free University and the University of Utrecht whereby students can make use of the full range of programmes offered by these three universities. We also welcome students from abroad. We already have master’s students from Algeria and Poland, for example.

Our linguistic lectures focus on the syntax and semantics of the French language, sometimes in a comparative perspective with other Romance languages. What fascinates me about French is how the specifics of this language teach us about the universal linguistic capabilities which are unique to the human species.”

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