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122224 SE Linguistics Seminar (historical & descriptive linguistics) (2012W)

What it's like to be a word (... or any other constituent of a language, really)

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

Oral presentations will be given at a seminar conference taking place from Fri 30-11-2012, 14.00 to Sat 01-12-2012, 16:00. Full participation in the conference is mandatory, so please bear this in mind when registering for the course.

Details

max. 18 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Montag 08.10. 11:00 - 13:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Montag 15.10. 11:00 - 13:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Montag 22.10. 11:00 - 13:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Montag 29.10. 11:00 - 13:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Montag 05.11. 11:00 - 13:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Montag 12.11. 11:00 - 13:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Montag 19.11. 11:00 - 13:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Montag 26.11. 11:00 - 13:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Freitag 30.11. 16:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Samstag 01.12. 09:00 - 16:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Montag 03.12. 11:00 - 13:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Montag 10.12. 11:00 - 13:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Montag 17.12. 11:00 - 13:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Montag 07.01. 11:00 - 13:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Montag 14.01. 11:00 - 13:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Montag 21.01. 11:00 - 13:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Montag 28.01. 11:00 - 13:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

In this course we explore the possibility of viewing languages - or rather their constituents - as mental viruses that 'infect' human brains and govern human behaviour for the ultimately 'selfish' purpose of their own reproduction. Since this view differs radically from the familiar common-sense notion that languages are best understood as tools that humans use for communication and cognition, we shall base our discussion on a generalised version of Darwinian Evolutionary Theory, so as to keep it sufficiently constrained and disciplined. Participants will select supposedly well-understood linguistic phenomena of their own perference and attempt to reconceptualize them from the point-of-view of the linguistic constituents they involve. Please note that this seminar questions and challenges beliefs that most of us will be used to and that some of us may even hold dear. It may therefore cause (transitory) states of confusedness and intellectual disorientation, and addresses participants with little or no fear of the unknown.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Assessment will take the following aspects into account:
Classroom participation, bibliographical work, project design, reports on project work, oral presentations at the seminar conference, and a written seminar paper.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

To develop an awareness of the fact that there is nothing 'god-given' or 'natural' about established approaches to language which try to understand them almost exclusively from the point of view of their speakers, to develop our skills at the disciplined application of clearly defined theoretical assumptions in order to develop new and truly surprising perspectives on language, and to free our minds from the intellectual prison of common-sense.

Prüfungsstoff

Classroom introduction to generalised evolutionary theory, guided excercises in the deconstruction and reconceptualisation of apparently well-understood linguistic phenomena, oral presentation of research projects and critical discussion, guided production of written papers.

Oral presentations will be given at a seminar conference taking place from Fri 30-11-2012, 14.00 to Sat 01-12-2012, 16:00. Full participation in the conference is mandatory, so please bear this in mind when registering for the course.

Literatur

Will be announced. For introductory purposes, look at a video talk by Daniel C. Dennett
under <http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_dennett_on_dangerous_memes.html>

and/or consult

Blackmore, Susan. 1998. The meme machine. Oxford: University Press.
Dawkins, Richard. 1976. The selfish gene. Oxford: University Press.
Dennett, Daniel C.. 1998. Memes: Myths, Misunderstandings and Misgivings. <http://ase.tufts.edu/cogstud/papers/MEMEMYTH.FIN.htm>
Ritt, Nikolaus.1995. Language change as evolution: looking for linguistic ‘genes’. VIEW[z] 4. 43-56. <http://anglistik.univie.ac.at/fileadmin/user_upload/dep_anglist/weitere_Uploads/Views/views951.pdf>
Ritt, Nikolaus. 1996. Darwinising historical linguistics: applications of a dangerous idea. VIEW[z] 5.27-46. <http://anglistik.univie.ac.at/fileadmin/user_upload/dep_anglist/weitere_Uploads/Views/views96.pdf>


Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: Diplom 343, UF 344, ME 812;
Code/Modul: Diplom 222, 226/228, 236/238, 721-723, 821, UF 4.2.3-222, M04
Lehrinhalt: 12-0145

Letzte Änderung: Fr 31.08.2018 08:50