Language and Literature, Bachelor programme - Linguistics


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Illustration - LinguisticsWhat is a language? A few languages have certain common features, even if they are spoken on different continents. Other language groups may appear extremely different, but on closer inspection the differences are smaller than previously assumed.

This course of study deals with how language sounds are joined into syllables, and how syllables are joined into words and words into sentences. The course also discusses the importance of words and sentences, and the meaning we place in the texts we write and read.

The Linguistics programme at NTNU emphasizes the following disciplines:

  • Phonology
  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Computer Linguistics

Phonology provides an introduction to principles of how language sounds are joined into syllables, and syllables to words.

Syntax is the study of how words are joined to compose larger units (phrases), and how phrases in their turn are joined to form larger phrases and sentences.

Semantics deals with the meaning of words and sentences.

Pragmatics is concerned with the intended meaning behind oral and written language.

Computer Linguistics is about computer mechanical analysis and the production of human language.

The basic modules/courses provide an elementary introduction to the four basic levels of analysis of linguistic symbols:

  • the phonological level
  • the syntactic level
  • the semantic level
  • the pragmatic level

In addition, a fifth module/course provides an introduction to the structure of non-Indo-European languages, in order to stress how strongly models of construction of symbols may vary between language groups. Students of Linguistics will therefore become familiar with certain approaches to a problem, which characterizes general linguistics, namely finding common denominators which intersect language-specific differences. Furthermore, students may choose a course/module which provides a short introduction to language development.

The programme of study provides proficiency in analysis on various levels; some display how linguistic analysis may be utilized in a technological context (Computer Linguistics, Grammar Development), others how typologies of grammatical patterns may be established (Language Typology).

Contact details

+47 73 59 65 29

+47 73 59 61 19


Visiting adress:
Building 4, Level 5.
Campus Dragvoll

Opening hours
Mondays- fridays
9 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.

Department of Language and Literature
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
NO-7491 Trondheim