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122222 SE Linguistics Seminar / BA Paper (2020W)

Subjectification

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

An/Abmeldung

Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").

Details

max. 18 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

This is a so-called HYBRID course,
most sessions (incl. the first one) will take place online in Big Blue Button but the last three sessions will take place in the classroom in small groups (of 6-8 people):

13.01 (face-to-face presentations)
20.01 (face-to-face presentations)
27.01 (face-to-face presentations)

NB: As a student you will ONLY have to be at the department for ONE of the three presentation dates in January
In case the COVID-19 situation worsens, we will switch to a complete online course!!!

Mittwoch 07.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Mittwoch 14.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Mittwoch 21.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Mittwoch 28.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Mittwoch 04.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Mittwoch 11.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Mittwoch 18.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Mittwoch 25.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Mittwoch 02.12. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Mittwoch 09.12. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Mittwoch 16.12. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Mittwoch 13.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Mittwoch 20.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Mittwoch 27.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

In this corpus-based BA seminar we will investigate the process of Subjectification in language change. When doing so, we will focus on the Early English Period. Students will write an empirical BA paper based on their findings in the EEBO corpus. Early English Books Online (EEBO) is a collection of texts from the 1470s to the 1690s. Students will empirically analyze one case of subjectification:
e.g.
The development of intensifying adverbs like pretty, terribly, horribly, fucking, damn…
The development of some discourse markers, like well, I think, you know, sort of /kind of…
The development of some modal verbs (may, might, ...)
etc...

In historical (or diachronic) linguistics, subjectification (also known as subjectivization or subjectivisation) is a language change process in which a linguistic expression acquires meanings that convey the speaker's attitude or viewpoint. One English example is the development of the string 'kind of', which exclusively used to mean a 'type/sort of X' (e.g. a kind of flower). Nowadays, the usage/semantics of kind of has changed – among other things - turning it into a discourse marker (e.g. I lied to him, kind of) which is used to express the speaker’s interpersonal evaluation of the situation.

Another example would be 'after all' which used to mean 'after everything' but came to be used as a concessive (e.g. It wasn’t a movie after all ‘despite what we thought’, it was real) and as the speaker’s justification for what is said or done (e.g. Their values and interests are, after all, opposed to ours).

Subjectification, is a pragmatic-semantic process, which includes semantic bleaching/shifts and is related to grammaticalization. Subjectification is realized in lexical and grammatical change. It is also of interest to cognitive linguistics and pragmatics.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Course evaluation is based on:
60% seminar paper
20% paper proposal
20% short presentation

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The minimum requirements for passing the course are:
• regular online attendance (max. 2 absences)
• handing in the proposal
• giving the oral presentation (on set date)
• handing in the seminar paper (on time)

The pass rate is > 60%. To pass the course successfully, the final seminar paper has to be positive, if not the whole course is an automatic fail. Final grades & points (%) achieved: Sehr gut: 90-100; Gut: 80-89; Befriedigend: 70-79; Genügend: 60-69; Nicht Genügend: 0-59

Prüfungsstoff

Students:
- will learn about grammaticalization and subjectification
- Discourse markers and other interpersonal expressions
- will engage with Early Modern English
-will learn how to trace and investigate semantic change in a corpus
- will learn how to write an empirical, corpus-based paper

Literatur

will be announced on Moodle and in the first session

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: UF 344, BA 612
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.3-222, BA06.2
Lehrinhalt: 12-2222

Letzte Änderung: Mo 05.10.2020 10:09