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Without language, there is no communication

The Master's programme in Linguistics trains you to become a professional language expert. There are a number of core subjects that are covered in all three Master's specialisations, but the specialised subjects of course differ.

The Language Consultancy and Linguistic Documentation specialisation is taught entirely in English. In this specialisation, you will learn to understand language systems, exploring the typological characteristics of languages and how you can classify languages into language families. You will also learn to explain the differences and similarities between languages. With these skills, you can study and describe undescribed languages.

The Text Mining specialisation is also taught entirely in English. In this specialisation, you will look at how to use computer systems to analyse linguistic data as efficiently as possible. The focus here is primarily on large amounts of data, or big data. An essential component is learning how to program, which allows you to control an artificial knowledge system in such a way that it extracts meaningful data from a mountain of linguistic information. To do this, the system must understand how that language works. As a programmer, therefore, you will also learn about language systems so you can teach this to the computer. In this specialisation, you will, therefore, make the connection between linguistics and artificial intelligence.

The specialisation in Toegepaste taalwetenschap is taught in Dutch. More information is available on the Dutch pages of the website.

The start date of this programme is September 1st.

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Change your future with the Linguistics programme

Change your future with the Linguistics programme

After completing the Master's programme in Linguistics, you will be able to work in many fields. This also depends on the area in which you specialise. For example, you can start working as an academic researcher at a university or at an organisation that protects endangered languages. Or you could work as a curriculum developer at an educational publisher, or as a developer of language tests at a testing institute. You could even work as a big data analyst in the business world.

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