BA German Language and Linguistics or equivalent skills.
The world on paper: Writing and writing systems.
In linguistics, writing is often seen as secondary: an artificial system that imperfectly represents the natural, spoken language. In this course we will question this view and explore the exciting world of writing. What are the major differences between speech and writing? How does writing influence our views on language? What kinds of writing systems do we find? How are writing systems developed for unwritten languages, and how can this help preserve endangered languages? What principles govern the rules of orthography? And what would happen if spelling wasn’t regulated and would be left free?
deepen their understanding of linguistic issues and methods by getting acquainted with the field of grammatology
have a general knowledge of writing systems
acquire a new, critical perspective on linguistic units such as the phoneme, the word or the sentence
are able to reflect critically on the regulation of spelling and can defend their position on orthography in a debate
are able to communicate their acquired knowledge and insights in German, orally as well as in written form.
The timetable is available on the “MA Linguistics website”: http://hum.leiden.edu/linguistics/timetables-linguistics/timetableslinguistics.html.
Mode of instruction
Total course load 10 EC x 28 hours = 280 hours.
Attending class: 26 hours
Preparation and reading: 5 hours/seminar = 65 hours
Preparation of oral presentation: 20 hours
Brief written version of oral presentation: 40 hours
Assessment (essay): 130 hours
Active participation in class
Brief written version of oral presentation (1000 words)
Essay (MA: 7000 words)
Active participation in class: 20%
Oral presentation: 15%
Brief written version of oral presentation (1000 words): 15%
Essay (MA: 7000 words): 50%
The essay needs to be sufficient.
Resit for the essay only.
Blackboard will be used:
to provide study material (including powerpoint presentations from class)
for communication and news
for handing in essays (Turnitin)
To be specified later.
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
When registering, students that are registered for the specialisation that this course belongs to, or the Research Master, take priority. The deadline for registration is August 15. All other students should contact the “coordinator of studies”:http://hum.leiden.edu/linguistics/advice-linguistics/.