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120224 SE MA Seminar - Focus: Functional and Cognitive Linguistics / Linguistics Seminar (2018S)

Introduction to Cognitive Grammar

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

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 20 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Please note that there will be a mini conference on Friday 15 June that students must attend in order to pass the course.

Thursday 08.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 15.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 22.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 12.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 19.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 26.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 03.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 17.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 24.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 07.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Thursday 14.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Friday 15.06. 14:30 - 19:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Thursday 21.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of this course is to acquaint students with the basic principles of Cognitive Linguistics, as well as with some of the most important cognitive models and approaches, so that they can apply one of these models to (certain areas of) the English language.

Cognitive Linguistics was developed during the 1970s and 80s by a group of linguists who were dissatisfied with the then prevailing generative enterprise and now forms one of the main paradigms in linguistics, with adherents from all of the world and from many different of backgrounds (functional and descriptive linguistics, psycholinguistics, pragmatics, discourse studies, etc.). It offers an innovative approach to the study of language and mind, seeking to formulate the cognitive principles that motivate the structure of language. Although over the years a number of different cognitively-based approaches and models have been developed, they all shared the following basic assumptions.

In this course we will:
(i) Discuss of a number of influential papers to trace the origin and development of the cognitive approach to language description and to become familiar with its underlying principles and the most important basic concepts and terminology.
(ii) Discuss a number of topics of special interest for cognitive linguistics, such as conceptual structure and organization, the relationship between language and thought, the experiential and pragmatic background of language-in-use, the issue of embodiment, figurative language (metaphor and metonymy), prototypicality and systematic polysemy
(iii) Apply the theory of Cognitive Grammar (as developed by Ronald Langacker) to some core areas of the English language.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will be assessed on the basis of a midterm assignment, a presentation and a seminar paper. Active participation is required.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

(a) regular class attendance (max. 2 absences)
(b) handing in the midterm assignment
(c) giving the oral presentation (on set date)
(d) handing in the seminar paper (on time)
(e) attaining an average score of 60%.

Examination topics

Readings, assignments, classroom discussions, presentation, individual research project.

Reading list

Textbooks:
Günther Radden & Rene Dirven, 2007. Cognitive English Grammar. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Dirk Geeraerts (ed.), 2006. Cognitive Linguistics: Basic readings. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter

Association in the course directory

Studium: MA812 (2); UF 344
Code/Modul: MA 4, MA 5; UF 4.2.3-222
Lehrinhalt: 12-0496

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