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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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Program Name:

Department of English
Institution: University of Amsterdam
Address: Spuistraat 210
City: Amsterdam
Zip/Postal Code: 1012 VT
Country: Netherlands
Application Deadline: 1 April 2004
Contact Person: Roger Eaton , Dr.

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Phone: 30-(0)20-525 3819
Linguistic Subfield(s): Historical Linguistics
Ling & Literature
Linguistic Theories
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Other Program Specialties: Functional grammar
Language/Language Family Specialization(s): English
Program Size: Medium (11-25 students)
Program Description: Dutch universities have a long tradition of outstanding programmes in English studies. A century ago, the Dutch were internationally known for leadership in historical and philological studies. Today the English Department at the University of Amsterdam maintains a balanced approach to both literary and linguistic studies. New members of staff are appointed with a view to the enhancement of our range of intellectual capability rather than the enhancement of our theoretical conformity. This inevitably results in lively classes (and staff meetings) and a healthy intellectual restlessness. Master’s level course offerings generally explore the space beyond formal and disciplinary boundaries, and the overlap not only between various methodologies, theories, historical periods and social spaces but also between language and literature.

The courses and tutorials on offer in the programme in linguistics provide insight into central linguistic issues from a historical perspective as well as a theoretical one, illustrating both formal and functional approaches to language. Other courses are concerned with language use in different situations and different genres.
Available Financial Aid: Financial aid is not available.
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