Typology and contrastive linguistics

lgerm2719  2023-2024  Louvain-la-Neuve

Typology and contrastive linguistics
5.00 credits
15.0 h
Introduction to linguistics
B2+ level in English
Main themes
The course deals with the comparative study of language with respect to language typology (and language universals), with comparative grammar, and with contrastive linguistics.
The methodological aspects and the areas of research will be illustrated with examples from the Germanic and the Romance languages.
Modern aspects of contrastive linguistics will be especially highlighted.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of the course students should:
  • have developed theoretical and practical knowledge in comparative grammar and contrastive linguistics, especially with respect to the comparative study of Germanic and Romance languages,
  • have developed the ability to describe and compare (aspects of) the linguistic system of several languages or language varieties,
  • be able to apply the acquired theoretical knowledge on a certain subject in the field of contrastive linguistics.
The (ex-cathedra) introduction gives an overview of the history of contrastive linguistics as a discipline.
Afterwards the methodological aspects of language typology and contrastive linguistics will be addressed in a research seminar format. The examples that will be discussed are mainly from the Germanic and Romance languages.
Teaching methods
The introduction to the course contains ex cathedra lectures, but it also requires the students active participation when discussing the port-folio that will serve as the basis bibliography for the final essay.
Evaluation methods
Written essay with oral defense
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Other information
Online resources
Moodle website
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Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
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Master [120] in Linguistics

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : German, Dutch and English

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General