Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LM2250 (AF:246113 AR:138888)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
The course will provide learners with overviews and insights on several topics of general and typological linguistics and with methods of linguistic research both synchronic and diachronic in Eurasia.
Knowledge of at least one Turkic or Semitic or Indo-iranian or Caucasian language (phonology, morphology, syntax)
The course will deal with 6 main topics: linguistic typology, linguistic families of Eurasia, writing systems of Eurasia, endangered languages, language reforms and languages along the Silk Road. The second part of the course will focus on the Mongolic language family.
Booij, G. 2007. The grammar of words: An introduction to morphology. Oxford.
Brown, K. & Ogilvie, S. (eds.) 2009. Concise Encyclopedia of Languages of the world. Oxford.
Daniels, P. & Bright, W. 1996. The world’s writing systems. New York & Oxford.
Comrie, B. (ed.) 1981. The Languages of the Soviet Union. Cambridge.
Comrie, B. 1989. Language universals and linguistic typology. Chicago.
Dixon, R.M.W. 1997. The rise and fall of languages. Cambridge.
Dixon, R.M.W. 2016. Are some languages better than others? Oxford. Oxford University Press.
Dixon, R.M.W.2016. Are some languages better than others? Oxford.
Giacalone-Ramat, A. & Ramat, P. (eds.) 1998. The Indo-European languages. London & New York.
Gippert, J. & Himmelmann, N. & Mosel, U. (eds.) 2006. Essentials of language documentation. Berlin & New York.
Comrie, B. (ed.) 2009. The World’s Major Languages. New York.
Fishman, J. A. & García, O. (eds.) 2010. Handbook of language and ethnic identity. Disciplinary and regional perspectives. Vol I. Oxford. Oxford University Press.
Gorelova, L. M. 2002. Manchu grammar. Leiden.
Haspelmath, M. 2002. Understanding morphology. London.
Heine, B. & Kuteva, T. 2002. World lexicon of grammaticalization. Cambridge.
Hetzron, R. (ed.) 1997. The Semitic languages. London & New York.
Hickey, R. (ed.) The Handbook of language contact. Oxford et al.
Janhunen, J. (ed.) 2003. The Mongolic languages. London & New York.
Janhunen, J. 2012. Mongolian. Amsterdam & Philadelphia.
Johanson, L. & Csató, É. Á. (eds.) 1998. The Turkic languages. London & New York.
Johanson, L. 2002. Structural factors in Turkic language contacts. Richmond: Curzon.
Kausen, E. 2013. Die Sprachfamilien der Welt. Teil 1: Europa und Asien. Hamburg.
Ladefoged, P. & Maddieson, I. 1996. The sounds of the world’s languages. Oxford & Malden.
Landau, J. M. & Kellner-Heinkele, B. 2001. Politics of language in the ex-Soviet Muslim States: Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Ann Arbor.
Moravcsik E. A. 2013. Introducing language typology. Cambridge.
Nocentini, A. 2004. L’Europa linguistica. Profilo storico e tipologico. Firenze.
Poppe, N. 1954. Grammar of written Mongolian. Wiesbaden.
Poppe, N. 1987. Introduction to Mongolian comparative studies. Helsinki.
Ragagnin, E. 2011. Dukhan, a Turkic variety of northern Mongolia. Description and analysis. Wiesbaden.
Spolsky, B. (ed.) 2012. The Cambridge Handbook of language policy. Cambridge.
Steever, S. B. 1998. The Dravidian languages. London / New York.
Thomason, S. G. 2015. Endangered languages. Cambridge.
Windfuhr, G. (ed.) 2009. The Iranian languages. London & New York.
written and oral
Examination of expected learning outcomes is done through a structured examination, consisting of a written paper, on a topic agreed with the lecturer, and an oral exam.
Frontal lesson; seminars
Linguistic materials and further readings will be provided by the lecturer during the course.

Distance learning students are kindly asked to contact the lecturer at the beginning of the II academic term.
  • University credits of sustainability: 6
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
  • Use of open-source software
Last update of the programme: 14/01/2019