The Languages of the World
7.5 credits cr.
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This course provides an overview over the variation among the languages of the world. A number of linguistic features are described and explained with reference to how they are expressed in a variety of the world's languages, and what differences and commonalities there are between them. Topics also discussed include how languages can be classified in terms of various factors, language relatedness, language contact, pidgin and creole languages and what is typical of languages from different areas of the world.