Master Thesis Linguistics: Language Consultancy and Linguistic Documentation


Course Objective

The student is able to independently formulate a viable research
question on the basis of literature and data collected and interpreted
by the student himself/herself.

The student is able to set up and carry out independent research in the
field of functional, cognitive and typological linguistics, particularly
as applied to the documentation and description of unknown or lesser
studied languages.

The student is able to communicate the research results in written forms
of academic discourse that satisfy the requirements of the master's

Course Content

Creating a theoretical framework for the research to be carried out on
the basis of systematic and result-oriented gathering and interpretation
of information.

Formulating a central research question that is valid from the point of
view of operationalisation, and from which more detailed research
questions may be derived and may form the basis for hypotheses.

Teaching Methods

The student writes a thesis plan in consultation with the supervisor.
outlining the phases of the research.
Before every phase a consultation with the supervisor shall take place.
Minimally once a month there will be consultations with the supervisor.
Before every appointment the student sends the supervisor one or more
documents that form the basis of the consultation.
The thesis is handed in in separate chapters, one at a time, and the
feedback of the supervisor forms the basis for the final version. After
approval by the first supervisor, the thesis is submitted to the second

Method of Assessment

Assessment of the final version is done by the first supervisor and the
second reader, usually another lecturer from the Linguistics department,
but a second reader may be recruited from other departments or
universities should the topic require so. Both supervisor and second
reader fill in a standard assessment form and a mark on a scale from 1
to 10.The final mark is the average of both marks. Should the
assessments deviate more than two full points, the Examination Board
will appoint a third reader. For more detailed information, please
consult the documents "Thesis Regulations MA" and the "Thesis Guide
Linguistics" (VUnet).

Entry Requirements

24 EC of the master's program.


Depends on the topic of the thesis.

Target Audience

Master's students in Linguistics: Language Consultancy and Linguistic

General Information

Credits 18 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. L.J. de Vries
Examiner prof. dr. L.J. de Vries
Teaching Staff

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