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120226 SE MA Seminar - Focus: Historical / Linguistics Seminar (2017W)

Diachronic Corpus Linguistics

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

The first session of this seminar will be on October 23rd!

Please also note that the semester schedule for this course includes a seminar conference to be held with Prof. Seidlhofer's and Dr. Pitzl's seminars, on Friday January 12th (14.00-20.00) & Saturday January 13th (8.00-15.00). In exchange for time spent at the seminar conference a number of regular seminar sessions will not be held.

Important: ONLY register for this course if you can make those dates since attendance during the entire seminar conference is mandatory for course completion.

Monday 23.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Monday 30.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Monday 06.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Monday 13.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Monday 20.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Monday 27.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Monday 04.12. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Monday 11.12. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Monday 08.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Monday 15.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Monday 22.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Monday 29.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

In this seminar we learn to extract evidence of linguistic change from diachronic corpora. While our focus is on the last 200 years, we also explore earlier periods, i.e. Early Modern English (1500-1750) and Middle English (1100-1500). The types of changes we look for include (morpho-)syntactic ones (e.g.: the development of of analytic and synthetic comparison as in 'more hungry' vs. 'hungrier', the rise of the passive progressive as is 'I am being told', or the fate of the mandative subjunctive as in 'I wish he do that'), cases of grammaticalisation (e.g. the emergence of causal 'since' from temporal 'since'), as well as semantic changes (e.g. 'sympathetic', which now means 'likeable' but originally meant 'capable of showing sympathy'). After each of us chooses a phenomenon to study, we learn how to use corpora, how to develop queries that return the type of evidence we need, and how to interpret that evidence. Apart from learning to describe changes in quantitative terms (i.e. as changes in the frequency of competing ways of using language), we also try to identify the social, cognitive, or cultural factors that drive the changes that we identify and describe.

The seminar will start with an introductory phase, in which we learn about available corpora and the tools with which they can be investigated, and in which topics are chosen. In the second phase, our individual research projects are designed and carried out, and emerging problems are discussed in class. At a seminar conference in January, outcomes are presented, and in the end, written research papers are produced.

Assessment and permitted materials

Classroom participation, project proposal (conceptual, bibliographical and methodological), oral presentation at a seminar conference, written final paper.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

(a) regular class attendance (max. 2 absences) and full attendance of seminar conference
(b) handing in project proposal (on time)
(c) giving the oral presentation (on set date)
(d) handing in the final paper (on time)
(e) attaining 60 of the maximum of 100 points.
The pass rate is > 60%.

Examination topics

See 'minimum requirements'.

Reading list

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Association in the course directory

Studium: MA 812 [2]; UF 344
Code/Modul: MA 4, MA 5; UF 4.2.3-222
Lehrinhalt: 12-0368

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