The main focus of the course lies on work with speakers of a (nearly) not described language, including work to collect, structure and analyse the linguistic data. In addition the course contains an orientation in related topics on a more theoretical level; ethical perspectives on work with informants and practical considerations in field work, documentation and filing of data, the difference between description and documentation and the presentation of data. Topics as the typological aspect of syntax, morphology, phonetics and phonology is considered to the extent needed for the practical work.

Syllabus and application

Schedule and literature list

Please note that the schedule is preliminary until the course starts
Schedule Autumn 2018 | Literature list Autumn 2018 (95 Kb)


Henrik Liljegren,
Bernhard Wälchli,


Instruction is given in the form of lectures/seminars and consultation sessions with a speaker, with and without teacher presence. Students will work in groups on different areas of the language, but will continuously exchange data and experiences.

Instruction language


Prerequisites and special admittance requirements

Admitted to The Master’s Programme in Language Sciences at the Faculty of Humanities, or completed course Linguistics - Bachelor's course, 30 ECTS credits, Phonetics - Bachelor's course, 30 ECTS credits or Computational Linguistics - Bachelor's course, 30 ECTS credits. Swedish upper secondary school course English B/English 6 or equivalent.