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Core Curriculum: Introduction to Linguistics


Admission requirements

There are no additional admission requirements.


This core course treats language as a phenomenon and gives an impression of different forms of linguistic research and the associated methodical approaches. These approaches are will be addressed in practically oriented questions: How do you approach language, which questions can you ask? Which basic concepts do you need to know? How does my language fit into the spectrum of languages, etc. Students are encouraged to observe and analyze language through a problem-based-learning approach. The following topics are covered in the course: the word, sounds, language acquisition, writing, the sentence, typology and language families, language variation and language change.

Course objectives

Insight into what language (science) is; knowledge of the basic concepts and methods of linguistic analysis.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Written midterm and final exam with closed-ended questions.


The midterm will count for 40%, the final exam towards 60% of the grade final grade.


  • There is no resit for the midterm. There is a resit for the final exam.

  • If you have a higher grade for the final exam (which covers block I & 2), this will be your final grade.

  • If your grade for the final exam is lower than your grade for the midterm, your final grade will be the average of the two grades.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

  • Language Files 12th edition. The Ohio State University Press 2016.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.

General information about MyStudyMap is available on the website


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