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EAL4010 – East Asian Linguistics

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Course content

An introduction to central topics within East Asian linguistics, including the development of East Asian writing, the relation between classical variants and modern vernaculars, standard language and dialects, majority and minority languages, Sino-xenic vocabulary, the westernisation of East Asian languages in the modern era, as well as linguistic typology, area studies and language families.

Learning outcome

The course will give an overview of the topics mentioned above and, on the basis of one or two of these topics, train the student in the linguistic analysis of specific problems in his or her language of specialisation. The language of specialisation is usually Chinese or Japanese, but may also be Korean.


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Please see the enrolment criteria for the MA programme option East Asian Linguistics.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course presupposes knowledge of general linguistics corresponding to Halvor Eifring and Rolf Theil: Linguistics for students of Asian and African languages


Teaching is in the form of 20 lectures/seminars of 2 hrs each, including 5 seminars on text reading in Japanese and 5 seminars on text reading in Chinese. The course requires active participation in class.

An obligatory assignment, in the form of a project proposal draft for the master's thesis, must be approved by the teacher in order to take the exam. The project proposal draft is to be submitted in Fronter within a given deadline.

Guidelines for obligatory instructional activity at the Faculty of Humanities (only in Norwegian).

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


The student must have passed the obligatory assignment (project proposal draft) in order to sit for the exam (please see "Teaching" for more information).

The course evaluation is portfolio assessment. The portfolio consists of two parts, one written and one oral. The written part consists of a paper (ca. 6-8 pages) in which the student analyses a specific topic related to the language of specialisation on the basis of his or her theoretical training. The oral part consists of an oral presentation in class.

The student must pass both parts in order to pass the exam. One single grade is awarded for the portfolio as a whole.

The final paper is to be submitted in Fronter within the given deadline. Before submitting your paper, you must electronically sign an "Obligatory statement concerning cheating" in Fronter.

Information on writing and submitting papers at IKOS (only in Norwegian).

Language of examination


Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Periodic evaluation 2008

Periodic evaluation 2010

Facts about this course






This course will not be offered again after Autumn 2012.

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