Welcome to the department of General Linguistics

General Linguistics is the science of language. It is not restricted to any particular language but explores language as a universal characteristic of human beings worldwide. Among many other things, linguistics is concerned with the cognitive basis of language production and perception, the social functions of language within a speech community, its acquisition by the individual and the processes that lead to the changes in languages throughout their histories.

Research focus

General linguistics at Bamberg provides a grounding in the foundations of linguistics; the research focus of the department is on the minority languages and speech communities of the Near and Middle East.

particular speciality of the department is Kurdish, the largest minority language in the world, spoken by many millions of people in several states in the Middle East and by a large diaspora communitiy in Europe.

Study programmes

The department was established in 2010. Since the winter term 2011/12, we offer a minor BA degree in General Linguistics with either 30 or 45 ECTS.

In addition, since the winter term 2013/14, a new Master programme "General Linguistics" is also available.

Teaching at the department is in English.

Where are we?

Our Address: Schillerplatz 17, 96047 Bamberg, Site Plan.