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Sign Language Linguistics (Linguistics)


Sign languages from all around the world demonstrate interesting similarities, but still  they are not mutually intelligible and differ from each other in significant ways. 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 NGT (Sign Language of the Netherlands) yourself.

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Why study Sign Language Linguistics at the UvA?
The UvA is one of the few universities in the world to offer a fully-fledged programme with a focus on the structure, acquisition and use of visual-spatial languages.

Unique programme

A broad and research-oriented programme that familiarises you with most subfields of linguistics

Multidisciplinary perspective

Amsterdam has a thriving community of signers of Sign Language of the Netherlands (NGT) with many cultural and social activities.

Study in a multilingual city 

The UvA is the highest-ranked university in the Netherlands and is one of two Dutch universities in the top 100.

World-class education

Is Sign Language Linguistics right for you? 

  1. You want to learn and investigate Sign Language of the Netherlands (NGT). If you have acquired another sign language elsewhere, you can bring your knowledge of it into the programme.
  2. You are interested in the similarities and differences between sign and spoken languages with respect to their structure and acquisition.
  3. You are keen to be part of a small-scale community of approximately 10 first-year students.
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UvA Bachelor's programme in Sign Language Linguistics explained

Find out in 4 minutes what the Sign Language Linguistics programme is about and why you should study it at the University of Amsterdam.

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Facts & Figures
Degree programme
BA Linguistics
Regular study programme
180 ECTS, 36 months
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