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LING314 Morphosyntax: Diversity and Unity

Techniques for describing and analysing the morphosyntactic structures of words and sentences. Examination of both the diversity and the underlying similarities amongst languages of the world.

An overview of recent morphological and syntactic research, based on data from a wide range of languages. Students will learn to understand the unity and diversity of the world's languages. No previous knowledge of languages other than English is required.

Paper title Morphosyntax: Diversity and Unity
Paper code LING314
Subject Linguistics
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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One 200-level LING paper
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Simon Overall
Teaching Arrangements

Taught through lectures, tutorials, student presentations and hands-on analysis of data.


Readings will be assigned and will be available through the library.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Acquire concepts and terminology for linguistic typology
  • Develop a sound understanding of theoretical issues in linguistic typology
  • Develop advanced skills of analysis, argumentation and evaluation in typological analysis
  • Appreciate the unity and diversity of human language

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Thursday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
T1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 29-34, 36-41