Johannes Dellert

Typology I: Languages of the World (SS 16)

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Course Description

The course gives an introduction into the diversity of the languages of the world, their geographical distribution, genetical relationships, and their typological similarities and differences. The goal of the course is to give a general impression of the linguistic diversity across the world, but also to discuss approaches to classify languages according to their historical relationships or similarities in grammar. In the main part of the course, you will get to know a variety of recurrent cross-linguistic patterns, many of which can be cast into typological universals. In the accompanying exercises, you will learn to apply typological methods and concepts to data from unfamiliar languages.

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Course Schedule

# Date Topic Materials Links/Literature Homework
01 13.04.2016 Languages & Language FamiliesSlidesGlottolog (Language Catalogue)Exercises 1(Solution)
02 20.04.2016 Methods of Historical LinguisticsSlides Exercises 2 (Solution)
03 27.04.2016 Phonological TypologySlidesUCLA Phonetics Lab: Story in !XóõExercises 3 (Solution)
04 04.05.2016 Morphological TypologySlides Exercises 4 (Solution)
05 11.05.2016 Linguistic Universals & Word OrderSlides Exercises 5 (Solution)
18.05.2015 (No Lecture - Pentecost Holidays)
06 25.05.2016 Lexical TypologySlides Exercises 6 (Solution)
01.06.2016 Midterm ExamRESULTSDemo exam (Section 6 not relevant)
07 08.06.2016 Case Marking SystemsSlides Exercises 7 (Solution)
08 15.06.2016 Nominal CategoriesSlides Exercises 8 (Solution)
09 22.06.2016 Verbal CategoriesSlides Exercises 9 (Solution)
10 29.06.2016 Head, Dependent, and Argument MarkingSlides Exercises 10 (Solution)
11 06.07.2016 Quantitative TypologySlides Exercises 11 (Solution)
12 13.07.2016 Explanations of Linguistic DiversitySlides
20.07.2016 Final ExamRESULTS

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