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Descriptive Linguistics 2



This course builds on Descriptive Linguistics 1 in the first semester. In Descriptive Linguistics 2 we focus on the analysis of raw language data in all areas of linguistics: phonology, morphology, and syntax. The emphasis is on choosing the best analysis. We use little analyzed and unpolished data collections on which the students themselves work, also in groups.

Course objectives

Skills in making a description and first analysis of phonological, morphological and syntactic phenomena of unknown languages. Basic skills in specific computer applications such as ELAN.


Linguistics (BA)

Mode of instruction


Course Load

  • 5 ects = 140 uur:

26 uur seminar
48 uur Transcription and analysis (6 × 8 uur )
30 uur Reading and analysing data (6 × 5 uur )
36 uur Writing papers (2 x 18 uur )

Assessment method

Two papers, one midterm, one at end each 50%



Reading list

see Blackboard


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website


Prof.dr. M.P.G.M. Mous

Dr. A.T.P.G. van Engelenhoven

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats

E-mail address Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies