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Topics in Chinese Linguistics


Admission requirements



In this course, Chinese and Western traditions in Chinese linguistics are explored and compared, providing thematic and disciplinary backgrounds for the study of Chinese languages and dialects. Close reading of Chinese linguistics texts, both in Chinese and in English, will be combined with assignments on the subjects discussed in these texts.

Course objectives

To further increase the students’ abilities in reading scholarly texts in Chinese (printed in simplified & traditional characters) and in English on Chinese and general linguistics, script, and language education; to expand the relevant technical vocabulary in Chinese and in English; to analyze complex academic arguments; to compare different scholarly positions on the same issue; to presenting oral and written summaries in English of (parts of) the texts; to actively participate in group discussions in English; and to gradually build up reading speed.


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Mode of instruction

Seminar with lectures on specific topics, assignments and in-class discussion about course content materials.

Assessment method

  • In-class participation & contributions (15%)

  • Oral presentation (15%)

  • Three written assignments (30%)

  • Term paper (40%)

Term paper grade must be minimally 5 to pass the course

Course load

Contact hours 24 hours
Preparation for class 120 hours
Oral presentation 12 hours
Written assignments 24 hours
Term paper 100 hours

Reading list


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English.


Dr. J.M. Wiedenhof.