Introductie studenten, © Michael Kooren

You will meet your fellow students and your tutor during the (online) orientation. You will also receive information about all sorts of practical matters, such as ICT, academic supervision and the binding recommendation regarding the continuation of studies.

Dear student,

Within a few weeks it is time to start with the Linguistics programme at Utrecht University. Teachers and students are looking forward to meeting you. That is why we organize, together with the study association Babel, a number of activities that are meant to get to know each other and to help you find your way at the university and in the programme.

We are hopeful that the classes and also the introduction can take place on location, physically and without restrictions. (With a few activities there will be a livestream through MS Teams, for students who can not attend physically.)

You are expected on Monday September 6 at 10 am for the first meeting. The rest of the week there will also be introduction activities but no classes yet: the two courses From Language to Linguistics and Psychology of Language will start a week later.

In this letter we highlight a few important points about the introduction. More information (about the programme and about the study association Babel), can be found on this website. We encourage you to read that information well.


  • The introduction will be conducted in English.
  • You are expected to participate in all the introduction activities, but activities in the evening hours are optional.
  • The following website explains how to install and use MS Teams (with the solis-id that you received from Utrecht University):
  • The university will provide free lunches. If you want to buy something at the university then you can’t get around with cash money, but you need a bank card.
  • There might be some costs involved in some activities during the introduction (apart from your own consumptions). That will be about 35 euros.
  • On the website you can find important information about the study association Babel, that mediates in the purchase of textbooks and organizes various activities. During the introduction week you can become a member of Babel, but you can now already send them a mail:
  • If you have questions about the introduction of Linguistics/Taalwetenschap, send an email to
  • Do that also if you can not attend the introduction (or parts of it).
  • If you have other questions, then contact the teaching administration office:
  • If you come to Linguistics, then join the WhatsApp group: and we will keep you informed!

See you on the 6st of September!

The Introduction Committee of Linguistics/Taalwetenschap and SV Babel

Below are the books needed for the eight Taalwetenschap/Linguistics courses of year 1. In order to buy the required books for the first year, it is useful to become a member of Babel. This way you can get a discount on your books, and you can join a WhatsApp chat with older years, who might want to sell their first years books!

Psychology of Language

  • T. Harley (2010), ‘Talking the talk: Language, Psychology and Science’. Hove, etc.: Psychology Press. ISBN 978-1-84169-340-8

From language to linguistics

  • I-Language: An Introduction to Linguistics as Cognitive Science; Daniela Isac and Charles Reiss; ISBN 978–0–19–966017–9; SECOND EDITION; 2013; Oxford University Press


  • Henning Reetz & Allard Jongman (2020). Phonetics: Transcription, Production, Acoustics, and Perception, 2nd Edition. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN-10: ‎1118712951 ISBN-13: 978-1118712955.

Language meaning and language use

  • Saeed, J.I. (2016). Semantics. Wiley-Blackwell. Fourth edition.


  • M. Meyerhoff (2019). Introducing Sociolinguistics, Routledge, 3rd edition, (Taylor & Francis Group). ISBN-13: 978-1138185586 ISBN-10: 1138185582

Methods and statistics 1

  • No book needed, online text available.

Language development

  • Saxton, M. (2017) Child Language: Acquisition and Development, Londen: Sage Publications . 2nd edition.

Linguistic invariance

  • I-Language: An Introduction to Linguistics as Cognitive Science; Daniela Isac and Charles Reiss; ISBN 978–0–19–966017–9; SECOND EDITION; 2013; Oxford University Press

In order for you to be able to successfully participate in your programme, you will require some basic knowledge of grammatical concepts and some basic competence in sentence analysis. All first-year students Linguistics are required to take a basic grammar test. The purpose of the test is to assess your knowledge of basic grammatical concepts and your competence in linguistic analysis. On this page you find all the information about the grammar test.

This bachelor is subject to a binding study advice (BSA). The BSA is a decision by the Board of Examiners about the continuation of your studies, based on your study progress. Please visit this page for the BSA information.