Course code Valo4652
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
2 3 32 22 10 48
E-courses Valo4652: General Linguistics (History of Linguistics)
Course annotation The aim of the course is to expound on the evolution of linguistic ideas from the ancient times up to the 21st century. Thus the students are acquainted with the attitude towards language in ancient India, Greece, Rome and Arabic countries, as well as in medieval Europe, during the Renaissance and Enlightenment. Emphasis is put on how linguistics formed as an independent field of science in the 19th century, and on further processes of development of linguistic ideas in Europe and the USA.
Results On successful completion of the course students have obtained knowledge of the beginnings of linguistics, its development and the latest tendencies in it. Students have got acquainted with several linguistic researches, improved their skills in understanding and analysing linguistic texts.
Course plan 1.The beginning of philology in Europe. Linguistics in ancient India. Arabic linguistic tradition2 L
2.Ideas of language in medieval Europe, during the Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment2 L
3.Formation of historical and comparative linguistics2 L
4.Formation of general linguistics2 S
5.Naturalism in linguistics 2 L
6.Psychologism in linguistics2 L
7.Sociologism in linguistics2 L
8.Russian linguistic schools in the turn of 19th/20th century2 L
9.Formation of structuralism2 S
10.Prague school of structural and functional linguistics 2 S
11.Copenhagen glossematics 2 L
12.Descriptive linguistics2 L
13.Ethnolinguistics2 L
14.Transformational-generative grammar2 S
15.Language typology2 S
16.Theory of grammaticalization2 L

Requirements for obtaining credit points 1. Presentation of a paper (50 %).
2. Final written examination (50 %).
3. Obligatory attending of lectures and seminars.
Study programmes Baltic Philology