ENG4106 – Contrastive analysis: Syntax, lexis, discourse

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Course content

The course gives in-depth knowledge about contrastive analysis and assesses its role in theoretical and applied linguistics. It gives insight into how linguistic features behave cross-linguistically, with an emphasis on the language pair Norwegian and English (but also in relation to other languages).

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have:

  • acquired advanced knowledge and insight into contrastive analysis on various levels.
  • acquired an ability to analyse and systematize large amounts of cross-linguistic data.
  • learned different approaches to contrastive analysis, especially corpus-based research.


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.

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 3, the maximum 10.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course requires a minimum of 40 points in language topics at the BA level.
This course requires (basic) knowledge of Norwegian.


The course is taught as a seminar, meeting two hours per week for 10 weeks, totaling 20 hours. 

Obligatory activities:

  • Attendance is obligatory at least 8 out of 10 seminars. 
  • In addition, each student must present a linguistic paper (on or related to the required reading, which will be the basis for evaluation). It has to be approved by the teacher for the student to be able to take the exam.
  • Additional absences must be justified to the exam coordinator. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absences or postponements. Please note that absence exceeding 50 % of all seminars may not be approved, regardless of any excuses.


The assessment of the course is based on a term paper of approximately ten standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters). This does not include references and bibliography. In the evaluation, both content and language are taken into account.

The topic for the term paper will be determined by the teacher and student together. Students are required to submit the term paper at an appointed time. Beforehand, students will be given an opportunity to submit a draft of the term paper and receive individual feedback on both the form and content of the draft.

Submit assignments in Inspera

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

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.

The result will be available at the StudentWeb within three weeks after the exam.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, 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.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

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Spring 2020


Spring 2020

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