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Language Documentation


Admission requirements



In response to the growing awareness of (1) the diversity of knowledge systems globally, including languages, (2) the ongoing language and cultural attrition that undermines this diversity, and (3) the consequent need for language revitalization, Language Documentation has developed in the last two decades as a new subfield of linguistics. It encompasses the collection, preservation, and distribution of primary linguistic data, often in a long-term transdisciplinary approach and in close collaboration with language speakers, typically people from highly marginalized groups who speak highly endangered languages. The aim of Language Documentation is to create a lasting, multi-media, and multi-purpose record of a language that can serve academic and non-academic purposes..

Course objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • familiarize oneself with LD literature, institutions, tools, and events

  • understand the long-term transdisciplinary nature of LD

  • critically reflect on the theory and methods of LD

  • acquire basic practical skills of the LD workflow

  • plan individual or collaborative LD projects


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

The methods of assessment will be published before the start of this course.


This information will be published before the start of this course.


This information will be published before the start of this course.

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.

Reading list

Reading list will be distributed during the first class. Brightspace


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website

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