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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

In morphology, students will learn about the following topics:

  • boundary between morphology and phonology;
  • concepts of type and variation: morpheme, morph, allomorph, morpho-phonological alternation;
  • various word concepts: syntagmatic word, word form, morpho-syntactic word, lexeme;
  • construction types in words: stem formation (compounding, derivation) and inflection;
  • topics at the boundary between morphology and syntax: various definitions motivating word classes, important morphological and syntactic categories of nominal and verbal types in different languages;
  • main models for the description of languages: process and arrangement.

Learning Outcomes

After successfully finishing this course, student will be able to:

  • explain important starting points for modern morphological theory
  • describe important concepts and models in morphology
  • compare and judge morphological descriptions
  • use methods and concepts in morphology
  • use linguistic argumentation related to morphological phenomena
  • have a critical view on one's own and others' analyses

This course is meant to be useful for students who will continue work with topics in morphology in language studies or linguistics.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

EXFAC00SK or comparable. It is also an advantage for students to have studied a language.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

LING120 (5 credits)

Access to the Course

Open to all who have been admitted to a study program at the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will mainly consist of lectures and supervised exercises, about 36 hours per semester.

If fewer than five students are registered to a course, the department might reduce the teaching, please see the department's guidelines regarding this on "Mitt UiB". For courses where this is a possibility, the students get information about this at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline regarding semester registration February 1 / September 1.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students shall carry out an obligatory assignment which must be handed in and will be assessed in the same semester as teaching. Obligatory activities must be passed before an exam in the subject can be taken. A passing grade is valid in a total of three semesters, including the semester of teaching.

Forms of Assessment

Final exam in the form of a written exam of four hours. It is possible that the exam will be organized as a digital exam.

Examination Support Material

No aids are allowed.

Grading Scale

Grades A-F.

Assessment Semester

Spring. There is also an exam early in the fall semester for students with valid and approved obligatory assignments.

Reading List

The reading list consists mainly of chapters from textbooks and articles, together about 150 to 250 pages.

Course Evaluation

Evaluation of the offered course will be carried out in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assessment system.


Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    23.05.2023, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam