Year 2 consists of:

In the fold-outs below you will find an overview of all the compulsory courses in year 2. Refer to the Course Planner for an overview of the compulsory courses that are part of the Linguistics programme. Are you planning to do an internship in your third year or would you like to study abroad for a while? In that case it is best to start planning in your second year. 

Did you start before 2020? Then check the Linguistics Education and Examination Regulations to see which courses you will have to take.

Make sure to register in time!

Some courses have limited space and have a shorter course registration period. So to be safe, it is best to register in time for your specialisation and the corresponding courses. 

Block 1, 2, 3 and 4: Specialisation

A specialisation is a selection of 4 related courses within one area of Linguistics. The programme offers 2 specialisations:

  • Taalvariatie (taught in Dutch)
  • The Human Language Faculty

If you wish to add courses from another specialisation to your programme, you may do so as electives.

Block 1 and 3: Methodology course (MO)

In block 1 and 3, in addition to a specialisation course, you take on the methodology courses Digital Tools and Methods and Language and Computation to broaden your methodological and theoretical repertoire by studying and applying various methods and concepts.

Block 2 and 4: Elective courses

You will take your first 15 EC in elective courses (of the 60 EC you will have to complete before the end of your programme). As electives (your optional course profile), you choose components with a total study load of 60 EC. You can start with a minor, do an internship, go abroad or choose from a broad range of available courses. Make sure to check each course's entry requirements.

Compulsory courses year 2

How do the communicative functions of melody and rhythm differ between languages? Why does language change? What can happen to people, communities and their languages when they come into contact with each other? In the specialization 'Language variation', we study social, political and linguistic aspects of language variation and do so at many levels. We show how this variation can be studied and, for example, how it can be captured in language typologies. We put the link between linguistic structures and phonetic patterns under the microscope. We also study multilingualism, especially from a psycholinguistic perspective: how are different languages organised alongside each other in our brain? However, we do not lose sight of the grammatical and social aspects of multilingualism. 

Course overview

In the specialisation 'The human language faculty' we study the general principles on which our language ability as part of our cognitive system is based. Underlying these are mental processes that have their origins in abstract properties that describe the structure of natural languages. These cognitive abilities underlie not only speaking, understanding, reading and writing, but also language acquisition, language processing, language comprehension and language use. Both similarities between languages and differences are addressed within this framework. And this is done around questions such as: How do we decide where exactly the boundary lies between literal and communicated meaning? Where can we find empirical support for the psychological reality of the underlying principles? What can we learn from language and speech disorders?

Course overview

General information

How to enroll in a specialisation?

As a first year student, you register for the first two courses of the specialisation of your choice during the registration period for block 1 and 2.

During the regular course enrolment period, you register yourself for the courses in the specialisation that you wish to do. If your specialisation contains courses with priority rules, you can only register for these and the other courses in the first 2 weeks of the registration period.

Registering your specialisation

Before the course enrolment period in June, the Student Information Desk Humanities will send you an email asking you which specialisation you wish to choose.

More information

Specialisation requirements

  • You must complete one specialisation in its entirety within your Major. It is not possible to replace a course from one specialisation with another course from a different specialisation.
  • If you wish to take courses from another specialisation, you may do so in the electives part of your programme. These courses are taken individually, i.e. you do not need to take the entire profile. 
  • Some courses are offered once every 2 years. If you have attended a course in your second year as part of your specialisation, you can also follow the alternating course in your third year. You can then include these as an elective.

How to register for a minor

You register for a minor and the individual modules online via OSIRIS during the Faculty of Humanities course registration period. You must register for both the minor itself and each course module individually. Per minor you can find where to go for more information, what the entry requirements are and how to register.

Courses with selected entry

If you wish to register for a course with selected entry (selection committee), you must register for the minor and the individual course modules during the first week of the course registration period. An overview of courses with selected entry will be available on the website one week prior to the course registration period.

Registration study results

Once you have completed the course modules, provided that you were enrolled for both the minor itself and each course module individually in OSIRIS, the minor and study results will be listed on your Study Progress Review.

Deviation standard programme

If you wish to deviate from the standard minor programme, you must request approval from the Board of Examiners of the Bachelor's programme that offers the minor.