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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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FYI: International MA in European Linguistics

Author: Alice Blumenthal

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

FYI Body: We are glad to announce that the international Master’s programme in
European Linguistics (MEL) at the University of Freiburg now starts
twice a year (in April and October). Applications can be submitted until
January 15 and June 15, respectively.

This well-established two-year Master's programme (course director:
Professor Bernd Kortmann) is designed for students interested in an in-
depth study of theoretical and descriptive linguistics. It creates a solid
basis for linguistic analysis and comparison, conveys a sound
understanding of the rich and fascinating linguistic landscape of
Europe, and imparts skills in up to four European languages. A wide
variety of seminars and lectures are offered in the following five

- The European Languages: Structures, Typology and Language
- Varieties and Minority Languages in Europe
- Schools and Traditions of Linguistic Thought in Europe
- Multilingual and Multicultural Communication in Europe
- The Linguistic History of Europe

An additional research module includes an internship abroad, a
conference visit, and classes on research design and presentation

The degree is designed to qualify students both for work in language-
related professions outside the university and for a further career in
academia, typically in the form of a PhD.

For application details and further information, please visit:

For further information on the wide range of opportunities and the
exceptional infrastructure the University of Freiburg has created for
Master and Ph.D. students in Linguistics (prominently including the
Hermann Paul School of Linguistics), please visit the following website:

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