First year BA Linguistics or equivalent
This course is an introduction to both the practical and theoretical aspects of language description. The emphasis is on the linguistic analysis of phonological and morphosyntactic phenomena in the languages of the world. Relevant topics to the description of a language and the writing of a grammar will be introduced on the basis of concrete language examples. Solving linguistic puzzles and analyzing data are essential to the discovery of linguistics strategies in the languages of the world. The students will choose a grammar of a language unknown to them that has not been analyzed in great detail in order to describe morphosyntactic aspects of the language.
At the end of the course students should be able:
to apply techniques and conventions of descriptive linguistics
to show broad knowledge of basic grammatical topics that are relevant to the description of little studied languages
to formulate a basic linguistic argument
to provide a clear analysis of several aspects of the grammar of a non-western language
Mode of instruction
A combination of a lecture and a seminar
Total course load 5EC x 28 hours=140 hours
Lectures: 26 hours
Study of compulsory literature: 52 hours
Assignments & final essay: 62 hours
Presence and active participation (20%)
Final essay (30%)
the final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average
The students can only resit the assignments
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:
Providing the power point presentations discussed during class
Additional literature if necessary -within the limits of the copy right rules.
We will use a selection of descriptive linguistic texts from different sources (journal papers and book chapters). The reading list will be made available at the beginning of the course.
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website
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For questions about the content of the course, please contact the teacher:
Dr. M. Bruil
E-mailaddress Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coordinator of Studies: Else van Dijk