Language Diversity of Africa, Asia, and Native America

Your mind will be expanded in the MA specialisation Language diversity of Africa, Asia and Native America, as you will find how linguistic structures from languages spoken around the world differ vastly from our familiar Indo-European languages.

Programme information

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Be prepared to have your mind expanded in the MA specialisation Language diversity of Africa, Asia and Native America, as you discover how linguistic structures from languages spoken around the world differ vastly from  the more familiar Indo-European languages.

This programme is taught by experts who regularly carry out research in Africa, Asia and the Americas. You will benefit from their knowledge of and experience with the many interesting features of each region. They will lead you through an array of topics, ranging from how the perspective of the speaker determines the structure of sentences in languages of the Americas, the function of serial verb constructions in Africa to the structure of numeral systems in Asia.

While you experience how these languages revolutionize our ideas about what is universal in language, you will learn how to compare and evaluate key research directions in descriptive linguistics, ultimately equipping you with the insights and skills required to carry out independent research. The insights you gain and tools you acquire in this programme give you a solid basis for further studies. This programme opens startling new perspectives on the immense linguistic diversity still found in the world.


Timetables and calendar

Prospectus: programme overview and course descriptions

The Prospectus contains overviews and course details for all programmes in the Faculty of Humanities (and other faculties). The information in the Prospectus is updated annually, in June. Please consult the Language Diversity of Africa, Asia, and Native America section of the Prospectus for more information.

Application, enrollment and examinations

  • To enroll in a specific course or examination, use the Study administration system uSis.
  • This website is intended for students who are already enrolled in the programme. Prospective students looking for application information should consult unileidenmasters.nl.

Study advice

Every department (or degree programme) has a Co-ordinator of Studies (studiecoördinator). The Co-ordinator of Studies knows all the ins and outs of the programme and can help with any problems. Typical subjects to discuss with the Co-ordinator of Studies are: student progress (and delay) and exam regulations.

Graduation procedures

MA students who are ready to apply for their graduation should follow the graduation procedure. See the graduation website for more information about this procedure, the MA thesis, and how to deregister from Leiden University after graduation.

Teaching and Examination Regulations and Faculty Regulations

All the rights and obligations of students in the Humanities faculty are set out in regulations. The most important of these are indicated below. (The list is not exhaustive; more documentation on regulations may appear here in the future.)

  • Teaching and Examination Regulations state the contents of your programme and the specialisations within the programme.
  • Registration for lectures, tutorials and tests is obligatory: see the uSis registration procedure.
  • The Student Charter informs students about what they can expect from the University and what the University expects from them.
  • Regulations on plagiarism are in place, to counter any instances of malpractice. These regulations provide advice on how to use sources and citations.

Boards, committees, and co-participation

Students within the Faculty of Humanities, are represented in the following boards and committees:

  • the Departmental Teaching Committee
  • the Departmental or Institute Administration or Institute Board
  • the Faculty Council
  • the Faculty Board

Another committee that is relevant to your studies, but in which students are not represented, is the Board of Examiners.

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Last Modified: 01-12-2016