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120003 SE PhD Seminar Linguistics (2019S)

Complexity in linguistics: applications and implications

8.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 18 participants
Language: German

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

ATTENTION PROSPECTIVE PARTICIPANTS: If you would like to take part in this PhD seminar but missed the registration period, do not worry or give up on this course!
JUST COME ALONG TO THE FIRST SESSION on Wednesday March 13th and we'll put you on the list.
Barbara Seidlhofer and Evelien Keizer

Wednesday 13.03. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Wednesday 20.03. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Wednesday 27.03. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Wednesday 03.04. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Wednesday 10.04. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Wednesday 08.05. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Wednesday 15.05. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Wednesday 22.05. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Wednesday 29.05. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Wednesday 05.06. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Wednesday 12.06. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Wednesday 19.06. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Wednesday 26.06. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This is an interactive seminar-type course for students embarking on, or already working on their 'Dissertation' (PhD thesis) in the area of English linguistics, broadly conceived.
Language has been described as a complex adaptive system; but what exactly is meant by complexity?
In this course we will engage in discussions of the various meanings of ‘complexity’ as a way into focusing on both the conceptual content and the methodological approaches of the participants’ doctoral research projects.
We will begin by reading some key texts and considering some aspects of the notion of complexity: How can it be defined (determined, measured)? To which levels of linguistic description and analysis can it be applied (phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, pragmatics, discourse)? What is its relevance to different areas of linguistic research (language acquisition, language contact, language theory, etc.)? What are potential pitfalls of using a term like complexity?
In the second part of the course, students will be asked to consider the relevance of the notion of complexity, as well as related notions (e.g. transparency, learnability), to their specific PhD projects, and to reflect on their applicability (or otherwise) of, and implications for, their own field of research.

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment is based on
class participation, tasks and assignments; oral presentation

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regular attendance (maximum 2 absences)
Active in-class participation (33%)
Presentation on your PhD project (33%)
Submit all tasks on time (33%)

Rating scale:
Sehr gut (1): 90-100%
Gut (2): 80-89%
Befriedigend (3): 70-79%
Genügend (4): 60-69%
Nicht genügend (5): 0-59%

Examination topics

n.a.

Reading list

Readings will be specified at the beginning of the seminar and throughout the semester.

Association in the course directory

Lehrinhalt: 12-0189

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