In the Bachelor’s in Sign Language Linguistics, you will explore sign languages, their structure, acquisition and use from the perspective of a linguist, while learning at least one sign language yourself.
In order to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus, the UvA Bachelor's Day on 14 March was unfortunately cancelled. However, we did make video recordings of the information sessions that took place with no audience present. Below, you can view the information session for Sign Language. Although an online information session is not on par with an actual information session at the UvA itself, we still hope the video will give you enough information in order to take the next step in your study choice process.
Sign languages from all around the world demonstrate interesting similarities, but they are not mutually intelligible and differ from each other in significant ways. Interestingly, many of these differences reflect variation also attested in spoken languages. The acquisition of sign languages also shows interesting similarities and differences with the acquisition of spoken languages. The Bachelor's in Sign Language Linguistics teaches you general linguistic principles and methods and offers you a wide range of courses in sign languages that address these fascinating topics.
Sign Language Linguistics is the ideal programme for you if:
'People seem to expect that you can communicate all over the world by knowing a single, universal sign language, but just as every country has a spoken language, every country has its own sign language.'Livia Faverey
Sign Language Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam offers you:
Sign Language Linguistics is an accredited degree programme in Linguistics. After completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Bachelor's degree and the title Bachelor of Arts (BA).
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