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Topics in Latin American Linguistics


Admission requirements

Students need to have completed the Propedeuse in Latin American Studies. This course can be followed by students in both tracks Spanish and Portuguese.


This course aims to foster interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches to the study of linguistic research in a Latin American setting. Students will read original papers which adopt diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives in exploring a wide range of current linguistic issues. The course will reveal the rich dimensions of language diversity in Latin America and will bring new insights into the manner in which human languages work.
Subject areas of study include, but are not limited to:

  • Second language acquisition

  • Language contact phenomena (for ex. between Quechua and Spanish),

  • Tense and aspect variation in Spanish

  • Code-switching between Spanish/Portuguese and other languages

Course objectives

At the end of this course, students should have acquired a deep knowledge of the key topics surrounding linguistic research in Latin America that will allow them to compare and evaluate current research trends.


Timetable LAS

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total workload for the course: 140 hours

  • Attending college (eg. 2 hours per week x 14 weeks = 28 hours);

  • Compulsory literature: 75 hours;

  • Prepare presentation: 37 hours.

Assessment method

  • Presentations 50%

  • Assignments 50%


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Paper 100%


Blackboard will be used for:

  • providing study materials

Reading list

To be announced


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte

Registration Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:
Dr. E. Mauder:

Coordinator of Studies: M.A.G. van Leeuwen MA

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats


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