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Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


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


max. 8 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch



Das Semester ist derzeit digital geplant.
Do 9:00-11:00 Uhr
Beginn: 11.03.2021


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Advances in African Linguistic and Literary Studies (seminar; 2 hours/week) MA, first or second year, segment "African linguistics" ("seminar on African linguistics")
In this advanced seminar course, participants will be given the opportunity to explore in-depth a particular African linguistic phenomenon that has implications for African literary studies and a particular African literary device, tool, or style that derives from African language structures. Examples that come into mind readily are ideophones, proverbs, and idioms. This semester’s course offering focuses on the concept of phraseology (including idioms and proverbs) that is so pervasive in many African languages and that often appears in many African literary works, especially in African poetry, African drama, and general African oral literary practices, such as folksongs and lullabies.

Lectures, guest appearances, discussions, debates – seminar presentations by course participants towards writing a term paper of up to 44.000 characters.

1. To enable students to survey contemporary interactions between African linguistic and African literary phenomena towards a general theoretical frameworks within the humanities
2. To enable the student to be aware of types of linguistic constructions (such as idioms, proverbs, metaphors, ideophones) that lend themselves to such interactions (this year, phraseology).
3. To train students to synthetize articles produced in top-level linguistics journals towards producing a publishable piece of work themselves.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Writing a term paper of up to 44.000 characters

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

A basic introductory course in Linguistics is a pre-requisite. Class interaction will be in the form of lectures, student presentations, computer-based electronic communications.

Active participation during all class sessions will be the key. The course will be assessed as follows:
 Attendance and active participation in class and online discussions, debates, and exercises: 30%
 Student presentation: 30%
 Term paper up to 44.000 characters: 40%



Cowie, A.P. 1998. Phraseology: Theory, Analysis, and Applications. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bodomo, A. B. 1997. Paths and Pathfinders: Exploring the Syntax and Semantics of Complex Verbal Predicates in Dagaare and other Languages. Doctoral dissertation, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. 306 pages

Bodomo, A. K. K. Luke and O. Nancarrow. 2003. Linguistic form compression in Dagaare. De Proverbio: https://deproverbio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/dagaare.pdf

Bodomo, A., Yu, S. & Che, D. 2017. “Verb-object compounds and idioms in Chinese” Chapter in the book: Computational and Corpus-based Phraseology: EUROPHRAS 2017. Mitkov, R. (ed.). Cham (Germany): Springer, Vol. 10596, p. 383-396 19 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series)

Mitkov, Ruslan. 2017. (ed) Computational and Corpus-based Phraseology: Second International Conference, Europhras, 2017, London, UK Proceedings: Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI 10596), Springer.

A selection of readings of articles on Phraseology/complex predicates in African languages published in top linguistics journals like Linguistic Inquiry, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Lingua, and Studies in African Linguistics.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis


Letzte Änderung: Mi 21.04.2021 11:26