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122051 PS PS Linguistics (2016W)

Variation and Change in Present Day English Syntax / BEd (046) 9.1

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

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Details

max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Dienstag 11.10. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Dienstag 18.10. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Dienstag 25.10. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Dienstag 08.11. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Dienstag 15.11. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Dienstag 22.11. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Dienstag 29.11. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Dienstag 06.12. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Dienstag 13.12. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Dienstag 10.01. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Dienstag 17.01. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Dienstag 24.01. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Dienstag 31.01. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

English, which is used as a global language with millions of users, is full of social, regional and stylistic variation and one of the fastest changing languages in the world. Teaching and assessing the grammar of such a fast changing language is often tricky for language teachers. The difficulty to distinguish between well-formed and ill-formed grammatical constructions can be understood much better if one takes into account that language is constantly changing. That is why one aim of this course is to introduce basic concepts of language variation and change (e.g. Register, Variety, Lect, Standard, Erosion, Bleaching, Analogization, Grammaticalization, Constructionalization, …). The course will give a brief overview on semantic change as well as word formation processes. However, the focus will be on syntactic variation. Students will investigate if and how English grammar is currently changing by analyzing morphosyntactic variation in contemporary English.

The following questions will be answered:
Why and how does a language change (external social reasons, cognitive internal reasons,…)?
How can language change be modelled and which linguistic levels are mostly being affected?
How can linguistic variation and change be detected in the data?
Why is it important that teachers are aware of variation and language change? How should it affect their teaching?

Another aim of this course in to show students what it means to work empirically and how to write an academic paper in linguistics.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Each student will choose one syntactic phenomenon/construction which has been undergoing observable change in the last decades (e.g. future reference I’m gonna be there, increase of progressive form I’m loving it, alternative adverb formation Come quick!, decrease of present perfect usage I didn’t do it yet, increase of kind of, sort of, dropping of 3rd person -s, regularization of irregular plural and past forms …). By using the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) or the British National Corpus (BNC), empirical data will be elicited and analyzed. The results of this data analysis will be presented in a 20 min group presentation (power point) and in a written proseminar paper (written individually).

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

This interactive course involves discussions, group work and presentations. Course evaluation is based on regular attendance (max. 2 absences), class participation (readings, smaller assignments, contributions in class) 10%, an oral in-class presentation 25%, a paper proposal 20% and a written seminar paper 45%.

Prüfungsstoff

Literatur

Materials will be provided in class. Please note that there is a moodle platform for this course.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: BEd 046 / 407
Code/Modul: BEd 09.1
Lehrinhalt: 12-2045

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:33