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BA Sign Language Linguistics

Catalog id : 56803
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

9250 EUR
2006 EUR
2006 EUR

Application fee

International 0 EUR
National 0 EUR
Faculty of Humanities
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92
SAT (avg)580

World University Ranking

About this course

The programme Sign Language Linguistics teaches students techniques that help them investigate sign languages - their structure, their acquisition, and their use - from the perspective of a linguist. In order to be able to do this, it is crucial that they acquire at least one sign language themselves.

Sign Language Linguistics is the right programme for students with a broad interest in languages and in sign languages specifically. Sign languages from all around the globe show interesting similarities, but yet, they are not mutually intelligible, as they also differ from each other in significant ways. Interestingly, many of these differences reflect variation also attested in spoken languages. 

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Eligibility Criteria

The following factors are taken into consideration while admitting applicants into this programme.

  • Prior education
  • English language proficiency
  • Motivation letter

Further details can be found at: http://www.uva.nl/en/education/bachelor-s/bachelor-s-programmes/bachelor-s-programmes/bachelor-s-programmes/content/folder/sign-language-linguistics-linguistics/application-and-admission/international-prior-education/1.-check-the-entry-requirements/check-the-entry-requirements.html

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Course Modules

First Year Courses:

  • Block 1
    • Introduction to Linguistics
    • NGT
  • Block 2
    • Introduction to Sign Language Linguistics
    • NGT
  • Block 3
    • Transcription & Glossing
  • Block 4
    • Morphology
    • NGT
  • Block 5
    • Sociolinguistics
    • NGT
  • Block 6 
    • Research project

In the second year, students continue with the acquisition of NGT. In the second and third year, their programme further contains two types of courses, that fit into two research traditions in (sign language) linguistics. On the one hand, linguists find evidence for certain analyses by generalizing about the structure of languages. On the other hand, linguists observe linguistic behaviour and elicit it in experiments. 

  • Linguistic structure (of both spoken and signed languages)
    • Phonology of Sign Languages
    • Morphology of Sign Languages
    • Syntax, Semantic & Pragmatics
    • Lexicon & Syntax of Sign Languages
    • Linguistic Theories. 
  • Linguistic behaviour
    • Psycholinguistics
    • Psycholinguistics of Sign Languages
    • There are two courses that bring together structural and experimental facts and are thus integrative in nature:
      • Philosophy of Science
      • Second Language Acquisition.

In the third year, students follow a minor programme. This allows them to spend 30 ECTS on a topic of their choice outside the linguistics programme.

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How to Apply

Application Steps

  • Check the entry requirements
  • Register in Studielink 
  • Complete your application
  • Pay the tuition fee once accepted

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