Welcome to the department of General Linguistics

Teaching during the COVID-19 crisis

Dear students,

teaching during the upcoming summer semester will commence on 25 April 2022 and will end on 29 July 2022. In accordance with the provisions of the university governance, teaching at the department of General Linguistics will probably for the most part take place in presence. More details will be announced soon. Consultation sessions for term papers and MA theses or the like will be held onlineuntil further notice. 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".

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 4 April. the Registration period ends on 8 May.
  •  Register for the respective courses in the Virtual Campus (VC) as soon as you can. These courses will probably be available from the beginning of April. All information regarding the content and structure of the courses and the software you might need for them can be found on the VC site of the respective course. Announcements regarding the courses will also be send via the VC course.
  • For the imported courses from English Linguistics, 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.

For any questions please contact our administration office via admin.aspra(at)uni-bamberg.de.

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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