Appreciating Linguistics: A typological approach

By Prof. Anindita   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 487
This course appreciates linguistics as an academic discipline that focuses on the understanding of what is natural language and what does systematicity of language comparison deals with. Following the typological approach, this course investigates both the structure (form) and usage (function) of language. Because of its focus on the issue of language typology, this course deals with the languages of the world in terms of the grammatical features they have in common. This eventually leads to the discussion on language types and their implications. The data from various language families (with a special mention to South Asian Languages) will be examined in the class which will help the participants to understand how various grammatical constructions are realized in different languages. INTENDED AUDIENCE: Any Interested Learners PREREQUISITES: Any bachelor degree
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 23 Oct 2021 IST
Enrollment Ends : 09 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1:   Linguistics: Some Fundamental Concepts
Week 2:   What is Language Typology: Form and Function
Week 3:   Lexical Typology
Week 4:   Morphological Typology
Week 5:   Syntactic Typology
Week 6:   Phonological Typology
Week 7:   Semantic Typology
Week 8:   Pragmatic Aspects of Language Typology
Week 9:   Typology and Language Change
Week 10: Language Universals and Linguistic Typology
Week 11: Language Universals and Linguistic Typology (Contd.)
Week 12: Drafting Typological Profile of an unfamiliar language with the help of a Reference Grammar

Books and references

1. Introducing Language Typology, Author: Edith A. Moravcsick 2. South Asian Languages: A Syntactic Typology, Author: KV Subbarao 3. Language Universals and Linguistic Typology Author: Bernard Comrie 4. Language Typology and Syntactic Description Edited by: Timothy Shopen

Instructor bio

Prof. Anindita

IIT Madras
Prof. Anindita Sahoo obtained her PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India. Her PhD thesis analyzes passive constructions in South Asian languages such as Odia, Kharia and Malayalam. Her primary research interests are in Linguistic Typology and Syntax. Her recent publications focus on the typology and grammaticalization of passive and copula constructions. She is also interested in language and communication studies from an acquisition and cognitive processing perspective.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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