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120228 SE MA Seminar - Focus: Historical / Linguistics Seminar (2020W)

Diachronic Corpus Linguistics

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

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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. 18 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The first meeting will take place physically in the lecture room, where we will decide how to proceed for the rest of the semester. If at all possible, exams will also take place in person.

UPDATE: In November all classes will be taught online.

Monday 05.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 12.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 19.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 09.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 16.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 23.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 30.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 07.12. 16:15 - 17:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 14.12. 16:15 - 17:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 11.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 18.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 25.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19

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 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 grammaticalization (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 starts 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, individual research projects are designed and carried out. Each participant reports on the progress of their project and on the challenges they face. Colleagues give feedback. During an online workshop before Christmas, outcomes are presented. In January, written research papers are produced and submitted at the end of the month.

Assessment and permitted materials

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

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

((a) regular and active participation in meetings (online or in-person) (max. 2 absences). Full participation in the seminar-workshop.(20%)
(b) project proposal (on time, 10%)
(c) giving the oral presentation (on set date, 20%)
(d) handing in the final paper (on time, 50%)
(e) attaining 60 of the maximum of 100 points.

Examination topics

See 'minimum requirements'

Reading list

TBA

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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