The course is given as optional module within Linguistics C but may also be taken independently.
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
The course has two moments of examination: 1. continuous written tests that are conducted during lecture hours; 2. a final project, the exact date for submission is announced by the teacher at the start of the course. For the grade Pass (G), Pass is required in all moments. For the grade Pass with distinction, Pass with distinction is required in moment 2 as well as Pass in moment 1.
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University´s disability coordinator.
The course may be taken even if the student has already taken the course Current Trends in Linguistics (5LN141).
Electronic resource: Hinton, Leanne 2015. What counts as success" in language revitalization? Web- cast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, hosted by the Future Speakers: Indigenous Languages in the 21st Century series, 22 October 2015. Available online at: http://www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/leanne-hinton/