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Structure course non-western languages (Lamaholot)


Admission requirements

Languages of the World


In this course, we will study the structure of Lamaholot, an Austronesian language spoken in eastern Indonesia. The course will focus on the Central Lembata variety of Lamaholot.
The following aspects in the grammar of Central Lembata are particularly interesting:

  • a grammatical distinction of alienable and inalienable possession

  • inflectional affixes which function in differentiating stative and event predicates

  • an elaborate system of locational verbs encoding distance, vertical and horizontal direction

  • deictic motion verbs ‘come’ and ‘go’ which also encode the directions ‘up’ and ‘down’

The main goal of this course is to provide an overview of the phonology, morphology and syntax of this Lamaholot variety. Translation, glossing, and formulation exercises will be used in order to convey insights into the grammar of the language. Through the course materials students will obtain insight into the cultural and sociolinguistic situation of the Lamaholot people.

Course objectives

  • Understanding and analyzing structural features of Lamaholot.

  • Using suitable terminology to describe structural features of Lamaholot.

  • Glossing and translating a short Lamaholot text.

  • Knowing and applying basic conversational practices such as greetings in Lamaholot.


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Mode of instruction


Assessment method


  • Midterm examination with short open questions: 25%

  • Final examination with short open questions: 75%

Presence and active participation in this course are mandatory. Students can be excluded from the course or obtain a lower grade if they do not meet these requirements.


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Only the final examination with marks below 6 can be sat again.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Reading list will be distributed during the first class.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website

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This course is open to students from the BA Linguistics only.