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English language and linguistics

Degree type
MA
Language of education
English
Duration
12 months
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Tuition fee Non EU/EEA
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Education type
Fulltime
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Application deadline
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Accreditations
NVAO
Type of institution
Research University
City
Nijmegen

Program description

This programme offers you the opportunity to explore typical Anglicist pursuits: the study of the special role of English as a global language as a result of 19th century empire-building.

English Language and Linguistics offers you the opportunity to explore typical "Anglicist" pursuits: the study of the special role of English as a global language as a result of nineteenth Century empire-building, and its spin-offs: the study of the acquisition of English as a second language, and a proliferation of descriptions of English at all linguistic levels (phonology, syntax, pragmatics, etc.). England was christianised relatively early compared to its West-Germanic cousins (Frisian, Dutch and German); as christianity brought with it a written culture, this has resulted in English having an unbroken historical record of texts spanning more than a thousand years.

As English had an unusual history of language contact because of immigration and invasion (by Vikings and Norman French), it provides many interesting case studies of quite radical changes. All these factors have made English one of the best-studied languages in the world. These preoccupations are reflected by the courses offered by the English department, with its focus on the role of English in international settings, second language acquisition, the critical study of English grammars, the history of English as a Germanic language, and the role of information structure as the final hurdle of the acquisition of native-like written proficiency.

About Radboud University Nijmegen

Radboud University Nijmegen is one of the best performing Dutch universities in the international university rankings. It currently holds 127th place in the Times Higher Education ranking and is ranked 136th in the QS ranking.

Radboud University Nijmegen has seven faculties and enrols over 17,500 students. Its personal style of teaching ensures that there is plenty of opportunity to work closely with instructors and fellow students in small seminars.

One of the main strengths of education and research at Radboud University Nijmegen is the way it forges cooperative links across disciplinary boundaries and the continuous exchange of ideas with others working in related areas.

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