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Introduction to Semantics in L1 and L2 Acquisition - UiL OTS

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Humanities
Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 200.00
This course introduces the basics of (formal) semantics and first and second language (L1/L2) acquisition as well as the interface between them. Days 1 and 2 are devoted to the introduction of a broad panorama of acquisition theories, Day 3 provides an introduction to semantics and on Days 4 and 5 we look into a number of semantic case studies in acquisition.

This course allows the student to acquire the basic concepts and a basic understanding of the theoretical challenges in semantics and L1/L2 acquisition. It provides the optimal basis for (under)graduate courses in semantics and acquisition. Days 1 through 3 are devoted to the study of acquisition theories as well as the basics of (formal) semantics. Days 4 and 5 bring together the two parts of the course by zooming in on semantic case studies in L1 and L2 acquisition. Students will be notified approximately two weeks before the course about the required readings and are expected to participate in class/group discussions.

This course is offered by the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS, the home of linguistic and communications research at Utrecht University.

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Course director

Kirsten Schutter MSc

Course aim

To allow students to acquaint themselves with issues in language acquisition studies.

Study load

Daily 2 1/2 hour session; max one hour homework per day


Course + course materials € 200.00
Housing € 200.00 , through Utrecht Summer School

Discount of €50 if combined with at least one more Linguistics course offered by UiL OTS (with UiL OTS in the title), and for which the full amount is paid.


Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course.

More information

Kirsten Schutter

T: +31 (0)30 253 6060

E: k.schutter@uu.nl


Application deadline: 13 July 2018