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.
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.
A 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.
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.
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