Course code Valo1001
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
4 6 64 32 32 96
E-courses Valo1001: Introduction to Linguistics
Course annotation The course aims to acquaint the students with key issues in general linguistics - the nature of language, language functions, language and thinking, attitudes,language change, as well as to improve the students’ ability to accurately use the major concepts and terminology of linguistics.
The course deals with different versions of language origin, and analyzes the historical development of writing. The course is designed to acquaint the students with linguistic diversity, focusing on genealogical and typological classification of languages .
The course provides the systemic approach to language, the levels of language, and offers information on the sub-fields of linguistics - phonetics and phonology; derivation and morphology, syntax, semantics and lexicology, stylistics and pragmatics.
Results On successful completion of the course the students have acquired knowledge of general linguistics. Students are well informed about key issues in the history of linguistics, typological and genealogical classification of languages, and can identify different types of writing.
Students know how to use the key linguistic concepts and terminology, as well as are able to work with a glossary of terms and general issues of reference materials in linguistics. Students’ academic writing skills have improved and they are more confident when making presentations on some problem in linguistics.
Course plan 1.The science of language. History of Linguistics.L2 S2
2.Nature and functions of language..L2 S2
3.Language and thinking.L2 S2
4.Oppositions in language.L2 S2
5.Language as a system.L2 S2
6.Hypothesis of language origin.L2 S2
7.Causes of language change.L 2
8. Formation and evolution of writing.L2 S2
9.Test I– Origin and evolution of language and writing.S2
10.World’s languages and their classification.L2
11.Genealogical language classification.L2 S4
12.Typological classification of languages.L2 S2
13.Test II– World's languages and their classification.S 2
14.Introduction to phonetics and phonology.L2 S2
15.Introduction to morphology and derivation.L2 S2
16.Introduction to syntax.L2 S2
17.Introduction to lexicology, stylistics and pragmatics.L2
18.Latvian lexicography.L2 S2
Requirements for obtaining credit points 1.75% of course attendance.
2. 2 tests (20%):
-Origin and evolution of language and writing,
-World's languages and their classification.
3.2 individual works (30%):
- An oral report or a script on the origin of language,
- Linguistic map of Europe.
4. Final written examination (50%).
Study programmes Asian Studies
Baltic Philology
Finno - Ugric Studies
Classical Philology