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120226 SE MA Seminar - Focus: Functional and Cognitive Linguistics / Linguistics Seminar (2019S)

Introduction to Functional Discourse Grammar

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

Details

max. 18 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 07.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Thursday 14.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Thursday 21.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Thursday 28.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Thursday 04.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Thursday 11.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Thursday 02.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Thursday 09.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Thursday 16.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Thursday 23.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Thursday 06.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Thursday 13.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Thursday 27.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Course content:
In the generative approaches to language developed during the 1960s and 1970s, syntax was seen as the core component of the human language faculty, operating independently from semantics (meaning) and pragmatics (context). During the 1980s alternative approaches to language were proposed, which regarded language first and foremost as a form of social interaction in which all the various grammatical components (morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics) were taken to interact in the production and interpretation of utterances. One of the exponents of this functional-communicative paradigm is Functional Discourse Grammar (Hengeveld and Mackenzie 2008), which has the following distinctive features:
-It has a top-down organization, which means that it starts with a speaker's communicative intentions and then explains how, step by step, speakers choose a particular linguistic form to express these intentions.
-In doing so, the theory takes into account pragmatic, semantic, morphosyntactic and phonological factors, as well as contextual information.
During the course, the theory of Functional Discourse Grammar will be applied to English with the aim of providing new analyses of such important linguistic phenomena as illocution, politeness, modification and modality, pragmatic functions, word order phenomena, morphology, the position of the lexicon and the lexical-grammatical distinction.

Course aims:
The course has a theoretical and a practical aim:
Theoretical aim: It aims to acquaint students with the newly developed theory of Functional Discourse Grammar and to enable them to apply this approach to (certain areas of) the English language; by doing so students will acquire a more profound knowledge of the pragmatics, semantic, morphosyntactic and phonological features of English
Practical aim: It equips students with the knowledge and tools to conduct their own study on a subject of their choice and to provide an FDG analysis of the linguistic phenomena involved.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will be assessed on the basis of a midterm assignment, a presentation and a seminar paper, all of which have to be handed in on time. Regular class attendance (max. two absences), active participation and preparation (in the form of weekly exercises) are required.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Course evaluation is based on:
Midterm assignment: 20%
Presentation: 20%
Seminar paper: 60%

Students need to attain an average score of 60% to apss

Grading scale:
0–59.9% = 5; 60–69.9% = 4; 70–79.9% = 3; 80–89.9% = 2; 90–100% = 1

Examination topics

Readings, exercises, classroom discussions, presentation, individual research project

Reading list

Keizer, Evelien. 2015. A Functional Discourse Grammar for English. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Any additional readings will be provided on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: MA 812 [2]; UF 344
Code/Modul: MA 4, MA 5; UF 4.2.3-222
Lehrinhalt: 12-0496

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