Course code: LINN21
Swedish title: Lingvistik: En språktypologisk fallstudie
Credits: 7.5

NB! The course is not given this semester. The information below was about autumn semester 2022.

Study period: autumn semester 2022
Type of studies: part time, 50 % , day
Study period: 2022-10-31 – 2023-01-15
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-35752
Eligibility: 90 higher education credits, of which at least 60 credits are from within a language discipline or Linguistics (General Linguistics or Phonetics), or the equivalent. English 6/English Course B.

Teachers: Victor Bogren Svensson , Gerd Carling


The course deals with either a language, a family of languages, or a linguistic area, which is structurally different from prototypical European languages. The focus is not to gain practical training in a specific language. Rather, the course focuses on knowledge of typological structures that are different from languages that most students are used to. Moreover, the course deals with how linguistic patterns can be impacted by linguistic contact. In the fall semester of 2022, the course will deal with language families in South and Mesoamerica.

The linguistic area of South and Mesoamerica stands out due to its extensive diversity. Most exceptions from general typological tendencies are also found in this area. Another particular feature of the area is an extensive and complex multitude of languages, with more than one hundred language families, of which almost half are isolates. The course will give an overview and an introduction to the linguistic diversity of South and Mesoamerica, including a description of the linguistic history, the typology and the present sociolinguistic situation. This will be achieved by presenting descriptions of a selected number of families, such as Uto-Aztecan, Mayan, Arawakan, Tupían, Jê, Carib, Panoan, as well as a handful of isolates. Larger typological overviews are complemented by examples from individual languages.


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.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions


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