Course code: LIND04
Swedish title: Lingvistik: Språkets uppkomst
ECTS credits: 7.5

Study period: autumn semester 2008
Type of studies: part time, 25 %, evening
Study period: 2008-09-22 – 2009-01-16
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-35472

Introductory meeting: 2008-09-23 kl. 18 – 20: Humanisthuset sal 435

Teachers: Jordan Zlatev


The course aims at acquainting the student with central questions related to the current debate on the origin of language. It deals with issues such as whether grammar is primarily a biological adaptation or a culturally created and acquired phenomenon. Topics covered include the relation between biological and cultural evolution, anatomical and neural prerequisites for language in an evolutionary perspective, animal communication, experiments with language learning in apes and other animals, the relation between language and consciousness, different hypotheses on the origin of language and their evaluation in relation to available evidence.

The course deals with current interdisciplinary research into the origins of language. Focus is put on the relationship between biological and cultural evolution as well as the anatomical and neural prerequisites for the development of language from an evolutionary perspective. The course also covers animal communication, experiments regarding language acquisition in apes and other animals, and the relationship between language and consciousness. Various hypotheses on the origins of language are discussed and evaluated after giving consideration to existing evidence.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the course requires the successful completion of LIN B02 or 60 higher education credits within a language subject, or the equivalent.


The course is not open for applications through / next semester. Please contact the department for more 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.

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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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