SPRÅK3210 - Linguistic Theory and Comparative Grammar


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100 1 semesters

Course content

The course addresses how languages are structured and how languages differ from the point of view of contemporary linguistic theory. The comparative component will focus mainly on Norwegian and English, but other languages may be included. Issues to be explored include ways of understanding grammatical variation between different languages and varieties and implications for language learning.

Learning outcome

Candidates who have passed this course
- have a good understanding of current theories of language structure and language variation, based mainly, but not exclusively, on data from English and Norwegian.
- have insight into how different approaches seek to explain the basic facts and properties of natural languages.
- have insight into selected contemporary issues and debates in linguistic theory.
- are familiar with methods of analysis and argumentation in contemporary linguistics.
- are able to find and use relevant data to illustrate and debate theoretical assumptions and models.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars, individual projects. Students are required to use the course learning platform regularly. Approved obligatory assignment is valid for 2 semesters (the semester in which the approval is given, plus the following semester).

The required readings are in English and classes will be taught in English. Students admitted to an English program shall, as a rule, do the obligatory assignments in English. Students admitted to a Norwegian/Scandinavian studies program shall, as a rule, do the obligatory assignments in Norwegian.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written work which is equivalent to 2000 words, with the possible inclusion of an oral component

Further on evaluation

Assessment: Term paper (approx. 4000 words). Students admitted to an English program should answer the exam in English. Students admitted to a Norwegian/Scandinavian studies program should answer the exam in Norwegian.

In semesters where SPRÅK3210 is not taught, NTNU will not be offering a resit examination.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Curriculum/reading list will be made available at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
ENG3122 7.5 01.09.2016
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • English Language
  • English
  • English Linguistics
  • Linguistics
  • Scandinavian Language and Literature
  • Scandinavian Linguistics
  • Language Studies
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature



Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100

Release 2020-12-10

Submission 2020-12-10

Release 09:00

Submission 12:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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