The value of research

Our Master's programme offers you the possibility to conduct independent and creative research on a linguistic or literary topic of your choice in a stimulating multilingual and urban environment. Your research activities will be supervised by an internationally renowned expert in his or her field. 
The Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies contains three research centres, the Brussels Institute for Applied Linguistics (BIAL), the Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (CLIC) and the Centre for Linguistics (CLIN). Affiliated with said research centres, are the Workgroup on Literature and Culture and the Workgroup on Linguistics. They organise seminars, workshops and lectures on a regular basis. 
The Brussels Institute for Applied Linguistics (BIAL) conducts applied linguistic research with a focus on transculturalism – i.e. a form of cultural hybridity which emerges when different cultural elements interact and eventually integrate with each other. BIAL approaches this overarching research theme from the perspectives of translation and interpreting, foreign language acquisition and multilingualism, special language studies and language practices. 
 
The Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (CLIC) offers an interdisciplinary forum for specialists in literary and theatre studies. It stimulates research across traditional boundaries and along three key concepts: media, genres and spaces. Recent work and conferences have addressed topics such as intermediality, intertextuality, adaptations, literary theory, music and literature, life writing, postcolonial rewritings of the Western canon and historiography, literature and philosophy, literary translation, Brussels in literature, etc. 
 
The main objective of the Centre for Linguistics (CLIN) is to promote research in theoretical and applied linguistics and the wider application of this research in society. CLIN addresses a broad spectrum of issues related to the structure, use, learning and teaching, historical development, and the social and political contexts of languages. Recent work includes studies on morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, dialectology, sociolinguistics, sociohistorical linguistics, bilingualism and bilingual education, sign language, aphasia, second language acquisition, and methodology and practice in language teaching.

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