Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

Linguistics: Diversity of the World's Languages


Course code: LINB13
Swedish title: Lingvistik: Världens språk
ECTS credits: 7.5
Programme affiliation: Part of Masterprogram i språk och språkvetenskap, Allmän språkvetenskap


Study period: autumn 2018
Type of studies: part time, day
Study period: 2018-11-05 – 2019-01-20
Language of instruction: English
Eligibility: General and Linguistics: The Structure and Function of Language (LINB02) or 60 credits in a language subject, or the equivalent. English 6/English Course B.
Application code: LU-35631

Teachers: Arthur Holmer


The course provides an overview of the languages of the world, to which families they belong and where they are spoken. It covers elements that are common to all human languages and in what manner languages differ from each other, for example, in grammar and sound systems. Similarities between languages are also discussed, which can be a result of being genetically related, of borrowing from another language or because of universals that are linked to how languages work as a means of human communication. A central element in the course is a group work assignment which involves examining, using primarily the student’s own sources, the structure of a language the student is not previously acquainted with.

Important dates – Autumn semester 2018

Second Admission Round / Nationell ansökningsomgång

Dagtid Lund, halvfart 50%
In English
5 november 2018 – 20 januari 2019

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How to apply

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Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full course tuition fee: SEK 12 500
First payment: SEK 12 500
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EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

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