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Theoretical and Empirical Linguistics


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How is language constructed and which aspects can be distinguished and studied? How are these aspects realized in different language families and specific languages?
The programme has the following specializations: The Human Language System (THLS) and Language Development and Variation (LDV).

Theoretical and Empirical Linguistics is a one-year Master's track of the MA Linguistics which is based on the strengths of the Groningen Linguistics sections (English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish).
It gives students a broad and attractive, but coherent and cohesive, range of options, oriented along the following approaches:* Empirical investigation of the structure of the European languages, with focus on synchronic and diachronic variation* Theoretical study of syntax, semantics, morphology, and phonology/phonetics* Use of a variety of data (native speaker intuitions, corpus data, language acquisition data) and methodsThe track focuses on language with all its complexities. The main focus is how to make sense of complex data in order to be able to study the structure, variation, change, and development of language, so as to obtain a better understanding of the human language faculty.
It covers the principal subfields of linguistic study (sound, structure, meaning), and offers plenty of opportunity for students to focus on a particular language or language family (




Master of Arts


1 year

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2024/2025

€ 2,530

€ 18,700

€ 15,900


Application requirements

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies. This evaluation is carried out by our Admissions Office and the Admissions Board.

Students with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Groningen in: - Linguistics - Minorities and Multilingualism - Dutch Language and Culture - English Language and Culture - European Languages and Cultures are directly admissible to this Master's track. This also applies to students who have earned these Bachelor's degrees from other Dutch research universities, with one addition: Students with a BA in English Language and Culture, Dutch Language and Culture, European Languages and

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 185.

Check when you can start and what you have to pay!

Tuition fees  
€ 2,530
€ 18,700
€ 15,900
Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '24 15 Aug '24 1 May '24
1 Sep '25 15 Aug '25 1 May '25
1 Sep '26 15 Aug '26 1 May '26


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