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Start of studies - Linguistics as a supplementary subject

Welcome to linguistics studies at the HHU

The content of the supplementary subject linguistics at the HHU is divided into the basic course and the subsequent advanced course.

The basic modules provide an overview of the entire subject as well as basic knowledge in the core areas of the linguistics.


  • Phonetics / Phonology
  • Morphology / Syntax
  • Semantikcs/ Pragmatics / Logic

In addition, the course aims to enable students to reflect on linguistic issues in relation to their own core subjects.

The study involves lesser-known languages as well as comparison between languages, in addition to the better-known ones. It develops the basics for the documentation of languages, language teaching (translation and language learning), the recording of language disorders and the processing of language by the computer.

General prerequisites for the linguistics program are an interest in language per se and a good command of English.

Course of study

Career perspectives

Knowledge of the complexity of human languages, as conveyed by linguistics, is useful in many professional fields. These include the fields of electronic information processing, training of speech therapists, foreign language teaching, occupations in media and journalism, development of textbooks and
assistance in text production.

The additional qualifications of the respective core subjects and / or special areas increase the career opportunities depending on the field of activity.

However, neither the Bachelor’s, nor the Master’s Program qualify for a job as a speech therapist or clinic linguist.

The advanced modules, which are usually taken from the third semester, impart methodological and theoretical knowledge on the basis of the basic modules and familiarization with a special area.

  • Linguistc diversity and variation
    • Sociolinguistics, language politics, language types, language varieties
  • Historical  Linguistics
    • Language change and language development
  • Psycho- and Neurolinguistics
    • Language and brain, language acquisition, disturbance of speech
  • Computational Linguistics
    • e. g. machine translation, speech synthesis and speech recognition etc.

Dates and events

details follow First semester introductory events of the student representatives (only in german language)
details follow Orientation tutorial of the study subject (only in german language)
09.10.2023 Lecture start
09.10.2023 at 10:30 a.m.
in lecture hall 3A (Building  23.01)
Welcome from the Rector (only in german language)
details follow Introductery event of study subject (only in german language)



Here you will reach the HIS-LSF

with this link you will reach the list of courses of the study programme in the  HIS-LSF.


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