Welcome to the department of General Linguistics


You can reach our secretariate via admin.aspra(at)uni-bamberg.de.

Regular office hours will take place online or via telephone at the times listed. If you want to attend a personal consultation, please make an appointment in advance. For times and contact data please chek the indvidual sites of our staff members listed under "Current Staff".

Teaching during the COVID-19 crisis

Dear students,

teaching during the upcoming winter term will commence on 18 October 2021 and will end on 11 February 2022. Teaching at the chair for General Linguistics will take place both in presence and in the form of online courses. Until further notice the following courses are taught in presence:  Kurdish I, Linguistic Fieldwork, Languages and Linguistics of the Middle East, Word Order Typology, Research Colloquium.Consultation sessions for term papers and MA theses or the like will be held online. In order to facilitate smooth commencment and productive conduct of teaching, we ask you to do the following as soon as possible:

  • Enrol in your desired courses in FlexNow as soon as possible. For the courses offered by the chair for General Linguistics enrolment starts on 1 October.
  • Register for the respective courses in the Virtual Campus (VC) as soon as you can. All information regarding the content and structure of the courses and the software necessary for participation can be found on the VC site of the respective course or by e-mail as an announcement via the VC course.
  • For the imported courses from the Anglistik, all you need to do is register in FlexNow. In terms of online courses the lecturers will inform you about the process by e-mail.

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.

Degree programs

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 program "General Linguistics" is also available.

Teaching at the department is in English.

Where are we?

Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Schillerplatz 17
96047 Bamberg
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