TEGN2012 - Signed Language Linguistics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100 30 minutes

Course content

TEGN2012 is based on TEGN1102, TEGN1106, TEGN2000 and TEGN2011 and introduces basic concepts in linguistics, focusing on signed languages. Students will get an overview of the phonology, morphology and syntax of signed languages, and we will discuss different sign types in the vocabularies of signed languages. Students will learn to identify and describe different characteristics of Norwegian Sign Language, using the correct linguistic terminology, by e.g. using different annotation tools on (video recorded) Norwegian Sign Language discourse. Students will continue to develop their abilities toread and write academic texts.

Learning outcome


- know the basic concepts used in signed language linguistics

- have a basic knowledge of central aspects of the structure of Norwegian Sign Language

- can identify and describe different traits of signed languages using the correct linguistic terminology

- can use annotation tools

- can present their own analysis in a simple academic text

Learning methods and activities

  • Lectures, group discussions and class discussions, project including practical exercises in analysis and annotation.
  • 80% compulsory attendance. (Failure to comply with this can be compensated in accordance with instructions from the teacher.)
  • Approved obligatory assignments are valid for 2 semesters (the semester in which the approval is given, plus the following semester). All obligatory assignments must be completed in the same semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Annotation and analysis of Norwegian Sign Language
  • Written academic text
  • 80% compulsory attendance

Further on evaluation

Oral sign language exam in groups of 3 to 5 students with individual grades. Student should prepareto participate in a professional conversation (up to 30 minutes) where each student gives a shortpresentation and then participates in a discussion of the topic of the presentation. The discussion is led by the students, the teacher can participate and there is an external examiner present. Duringthe preparation phaseall examination aids are allowed, during the conversation no examination aidsare allowed.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department. It is not possible for students who have passed the exam in TEGN2012 to retake the exam in a semester where this course is not taught. Students who did not pass the exam, or who did not complete the exam due to illness may submit the exam in a semester where this course is not taught; however, they will not receive any supervision.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Norwegian Sign Language (LTBATGTOLK)

Required previous knowledge

Completed the first year of the BA-program in Norwegian Sign Language, the one-year program in Norwegian Sign Language or the equivalent from another educational institution in Norway.

Course materials

The reading list will be announced at the beginning of the semester

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TEGN1105 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian, Norwegian Sign Language

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Norwegian Sign Language and Interpreting
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Oral examination 100/100 2024-05-14
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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