Section for General Linguistics

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Section for General Linguistics

General Linguistics (ASV) is about the phenomenon of human language, and General Linguistics research concerns such diverse areas as the structural variation between languages in the world, how children acquire their first language, how languages change over time, and the role of language as a marker of identity for groups and individuals. 


Language and our language capacity can be studied in many ways, e.g. in conversations between people, in the brain, in large text collections demonstrating actual use, in grammatical systems, etcetera. It is therefore a strongly cross-disciplinary area of study.

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If you are curious about the uniquely human capacity for language, and what human languages are actually like in various ways, General Linguistics is the discipline for you.

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Section representative
Maria Koptjevskaja Tamm

Director of studies

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