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Describing a non-Western language III: Lamaholot language structure and cultural context


Admission requirements

First year BA Linguistics completed.


Lamaholot is an Austronesian dialect chain located in eastern Indonesia. The varieties of Lamaholot are diverse and only part of it has been described by linguists. This course is about the Lamaholot variety of Central Lembata. This variety is spoken in the inland of the island Lembata and has developed a higher complexity than its neighboring varieties. During the course, several aspects of the Central Lembata grammar are introduced, including its phonology, its nominal and verbal morphology and its locational system. Apart from the linguistic aspects, the cultural and historical context of the Central Lembata people is taken into account and discussed.

Course objectives

  • Students name structural features of Central Lembata Lamaholot and can identify them as typical Austronesian or not.

  • Students describe a structural pattern in Central Lembata Lamaholot using terminology with language-specific definitions.

  • Students gloss and translate a Central Lembata Lamaholot text.

  • Students plan and structure a descriptive paper.

  • Students compile a short descriptive paper.


Linguistics bachelor

Mode of instruction

Lecture and seminar

Course Load

Total 5 EC = 140 hours

Lectures (13 weeks): 26 hours
Reading literature and preparing classes: 18 hours
Writing assignments: 23 hours
Prepare oral presentation about final paper: 23 hours
Writing final paper: 50 hours

Assessment method

Written take home assignment 1: 20 %

Written take home assignment 2: 20 %

Oral presentation: 20 %

Final paper: 40 %

To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following:
the final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average of all four components of assessment.

Exam review

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.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Course information (program, announcements, …)

  • Course slides

  • Grades

Reading list

The reading lists will be provided through Blackboard at the beginning of the course.


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

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H.L.A. Fricke, MA

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies: Else van Dijk