Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

General Linguistics: Historical Linguistics


Course code: LINM13
Swedish title: Allmän språkvetenskap: Historisk lingvistik
ECTS credits: 7.5


NB! The course is not given this semester. The information below was about spring 2019.

Study period: spring 2019
Type of studies: part time, day
Study period: 2019-01-21 – 2019-03-24
Language of instruction: English
Eligibility: completion of at least 60 credits from within a language discipline or Linguistics (General Linguistics or Phonetics), or the equivalent
Application code: LU-75601

Introductory meeting: 2019-01-21 at 13.00 – 15.00: SOL:L207

Teachers: Gerd Carling


The course deals with methods dealing with the description of language change over time and space and with the establishment of the link between genetically related languages and the reconstruction of hypothetically previous stages in these languages. Various explanations of language change are introduced and discussed. In addition the course deals with the classification of various languages and language groups with regard to their genetic and typological affiliation.


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

How to apply

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Extended application deadline

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Application fee

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