Master’s studies

Syllabus for Current Trends in Linguistics

Aktuella forskningsområden inom lingvistik

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5LN142
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: General Linguistics G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2011-09-23
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Revised: 2015-12-02
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 49, 2015
  • Entry requirements: 30 credits in a language subject.
  • Responsible department: Department of Linguistics and Philology

Decisions and guidelines

The course is given as optional module within Linguistics C but may also be taken independently.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, to earn the grade Pass the student should at least be able to:

  • explain the basic principles of the scientific work and the research methodology with reference to modern linguistics (general linguistics),
  • present and analyse relevant scientific articles within the field linguistics (general linguistics), and
  • work with a certain level of independence, clearly formulate and critically discuss theoretical and methodological assumptions and present the results orally and in writing.


The course is given with different theme from current trends in linguistics. Possible themes are, e.g.:

  • The Geometry of Meaning, based on Gärdenfors' book by the same name.
  • The Phylogenetic Analysis of Language 
  • Grammaticalisation
  • Colour semantics


The students show the results of their learning through a combination of different forms of assessment,

which can be either oral or written.

They can take place at a scheduled time and location (e.g. within the framework of regular teaching), or be such that the student carries them out on their own.

Information regarding assessment will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Other directives

The course may be taken even if the student has already taken the course Current Trends in Linguistics (5LN141).

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.