The Master’s in Linguistics specialisation in Theoretical and Experimental Linguistics concentrates on the complexity of natural languages, ranging from their syntactic structure to how humans process and produce language. Advanced courses delve into a diverse range of topics including formal grammar – syntax, semantics, phonology – and experimental approaches to language and speech.
Check out the programme in Theoretical and Experimental Linguistics.
“Linguistics is a part of the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition, where
ground-breaking interdisciplinary research is carried out.”
“The master’s in Linguistics in Leiden is a master’s in formal linguistics. We have designed the programme in such a way that the students can opt for different specialisations (for example, syntax, semantics, phonetics, clinical linguistics). All of our faculty members are dedicated researchers, who are well-known internationally. Students who come to our programme will be able to learn from, and work with these faculty members.
Leiden has a special Chinese library, which is comparable to the Yen-Ching Library in Harvard University. For anyone who would like to work on Chinese linguistics, it is a really wonderful place.
We have formal connections with McGill University (Canada) and Université de Nantes, and informal connections with universities all over the world (including in the United States). There are regular colloquium series and workshops in which master’s students can also participate.
Linguistics is now part of the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition, where a great deal of groundbreaking interdisciplinary research is done. Leiden is now the place to be. My speciality in linguistics is comparative syntax. I compare languages within a language group (such as Chinese and Bantu languages), and I also do cross language-family comparison, such as comparing Greek and Chinese, Romance and Bantu.”
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