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EAL4020 – Topics in the History of East Asian Languages

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Course content

The course focuses on one or more given topics within East Asian linguistics, which are discussed on the basis of concrete textual examples from Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

The topics will have a historical dimension and may include

  • grammar (syntax, morphology and phonology)
  • conceptual history
  • reading traditions of Classical Chinese in China, Korea and Japan
  • the influence of Classical Chinese on Modern Chinese, Japanese and Korean

Learning outcome

  • You will be trained in the analysis of specific problems relating to the history of East Asian languages, based on textual examples from one or more of these languages.


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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 Culture and History

Recommended previous knowledge

EAL4010 - East Asian Linguistics

The course presupposes a 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 lectures and seminars (12 classes of 2 hours each). The course requires active participation in class. As part of the course, the students shall also make an oral presentation in class.

Guidelines for obligatory instructional activity at the Faculty of Humanities

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 exam is a term paper of approx. 10 pages, in which the student analyses a specific topic related to the language of specialisation on the basis of his or her theoretical training.

Information on writing and submitting papers at IKOS

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

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 Spring 2011

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