Course code: LINN14
Swedish title: Lingvistik: Språk och musik
Credits: 7.5
Programme affiliation: Part of Master's Programme in Language and Linguistics

NB! The course is not given this semester. The information below was about autumn semester 2014.

Study period: autumn semester 2014
Type of studies: part time, 50 %, day
Study period: 2014-09-01 – 2014-10-31
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-35702
Eligibility: 60 ECTS in any language subject, linguistics, musicology or cognitive science or equivalent qualifications.

Teachers: Gerd Carling


During the past decades research has noted clear parallels between language and music: over and above being universal and culturally varying phenomena in all human societies they also display structural similarities. It has also been noted that there is a small, but measurable, covariation between language and music (e.g. some properties of music by composers with different native languages can be shown to relate to the properties of the languages themselves). Further, neurolinguistic perception experiments can be applied to music with similar results, suggesting that music and language share the same resources. This has led to hypotheses concerning a shared origin of language and music. The purpose of the course is to present the relevant empirical data and current theoretical frameworks. The course also involves the development of new and testable hypotheses, predictions and experiments, based on a understanding of the correlations between music and language.


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.

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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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