Propedeuse BA Linguistics or equivalent
Linguistic structures are generally not randomly distributed around the globe: some seem to be universally preferred, others are common in certain parts of the world, or in particular language families. The goal of modern typology is to detect distributional patterns, and to explain them in terms of factors that influence the historical development of languages.
During this course, we will study a number of structural similarities and differences between languages, with a focus on recurring (morpho)syntactic patterns in the languages of the world. Which features coincide? Why are some patterns much more common than others? Why are some patterns particularly common in e.g. Africa or South America? We will explore the basics of typological research, including how to create a representative sample of languages, how to compare different languages, and we look at the applications of linguistic typology. In addition, we will discuss how typological knowledge informs linguistic fieldwork on an undescribed language.
At the end of this course, students will have:
An understanding of the ways in which languages are similar (linguistic universals) and different (linguistic diversity)
Knowledge of fundamental notions and methods regarding language typology (e.g. sampling, implicational hierarchies, and universals)
Basic skills needed to apply typological principles on primary data (gathered in fieldwork for example)
Mode of instruction
Combination of lecture and tutorial
Assessment & weighing
Written examination with short open questions
Assignments (not graded, requirement for taking the exam)
Written examination with short open questions (70%)
Poster presentation (30%)
For the written examination, a resit will be offered.
Inspection and feedback
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.
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