ILNMULTI4120 – Linguistics Specialization A

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Course content

The academic theme of this course changes from semester to semester, but all specializations provide students with deeper knowledge of the fundamentals of recent linguistic research. This may for example involve various aspects of leading theories in cognitive grammar, construction grammar, generative grammar, and sometimes more or less specialized linguistic research fields (which can be studied under several theoretical approaches), such as argument structure, diachronic linguistics, grammaticalization, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, conversation analysis, language acquisition, linguistic typology, sociolinguistics or bilingualism.

Learning outcome

As a student of such a specialization course you will be introduced to a general theoretical framework that constitutes a relevant approach to linguistic research as well as to more specialized domains which you will be able to grasp more comprehensively. In addition to providing you with a theoretical foundation for linguistic analysis, the course will help you learn to apply the theoretical concepts to work towards your own thesis.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

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

The minimum number of attendants for the course is 5.


Recommended previous knowledge

Basic knowledge in sociolinguistics.


14 double lectures in total.

Each student has to write an assignment given by the teacher during the course of the seminar. The assignment must be approved by the teacher before the student can take the final exam.


The final examination will consist in an all-day conference where students will be expected to present the main findings of their research as well as the methods used for data collection and analysis. Mid-term evaluation will consist in a presentation of the data Collection.

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.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2018

Spring 2015


Autumn 2018

Spring 2015

Teaching language