Course code: LINC12
Swedish title: Lingvistik: Grammatik - språkets mekanik
Credits: 7.5
Programme affiliation: Part of Master's Programme in Language and Linguistics, General Linguistics

Study period: spring semester 2024
Type of studies: part time, 50 %, day
Study period: 2024-03-20 – 2024-06-02
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-75508
Eligibility: General entry requirements and LINB21, Human Language: Structure and Application, or 60 credits in a language subject, or the equivalent.

Teachers: Arthur Holmer, Benjamin Macaulay


In this course the student will get to know a wide variety of strategies by means of which different languages deal with the same communicative needs (e.g. question formation, relativization, distinguishing subject and object, mapping semantic roles to grammar).

The student will also learn how to use an understanding of processing and economy to explain how these strategies work, and why some are much more frequent than others.

By working with authentic language data, the student will further become aware of the similarities and differences between syntax and morphology, and how they interact as different manifestations of the same underlying mechanisms.

The student will also gain experience of examining samples of a language which they are not acquainted with, making typological generalizations and predictions about it, and abstracting the grammatical system so as to be able to translate simple new examples to and from the language in question.

Included parts

  • Written Presentation of Group Work, 1.5 credits
  • Written Invigilated Exam, 2 credits
  • Written Take-home Exam, 4 credits


This course is not open as a freestanding course next semester. It can be open for application within a programme or for students in an exchange programme. Please ask your academic advisor for information.

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

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