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122040 PS Proseminar Linguistics 1 (2020W)

Phonetics and Phonology

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

Please note: It is strongly recommended that you have completed ILSS 1 before signing up for Proseminar Linguistics 1.


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


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Please note that this course will be taught entirely online via Moodle.

Thursday 08.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 15.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 22.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 29.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 05.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 12.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 19.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 26.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 03.12. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 10.12. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 17.12. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 07.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 14.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 21.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 28.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Students will be able to carry out a guided literature-based research project in English linguistics building on the knowledge acquired in the course.

Building on the introductory module (STEOP), this course discusses the basics and ethics of academic writing and research methodology with the help of hands-on examples from English linguistics. Students will be familiarised with basic concepts and fundamental problems in English phonetics and phonology. They will then individually investigate one selected topic and submit their findings in the form of a written paper.

In this course, students are made familiar with:
• The basic principles and ethics of academic research
• Finding and evaluating academic sources
• The basic conventions of academic writing
• Basic concepts and problems in English phonetics and phonology
• Selected resources and tools used in phonetic and phonological research

Reading, discussions, peer-group interaction, in-class and online exercises, lecturer input, autonomous research

As this course builds on knowledge and skills acquired during STEOP (ISL1, Language Analysis), basic knowledge of articulatory phonetics, transcription and phonological analysis will be taken for granted.

We strongly suggest that students have completed at least ILSS1, but ideally also ILSS2 before taking this course. Writing skills such as paragraphing (topic sentence, support, etc.) and having a clear line of argumentation are taken for granted, and a basic understanding of the structure of an in-text citation will prove helpful.

Assessment and permitted materials

• Pre-paper activities (bibliography and mini-paper outline)
• Mini-paper (first draft and final version)
• Regular assignments throughout the semester (homework assignments, midterm quiz, peer-review, etc.)
• Participation in class

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Please understand that this is a 6-ECTS course, which means about 150 hours of work, only ca. 25 of which are class time. Accordingly, you will spend about 8 hours a week in addition to the contact hours working for this course. You need to be able to dedicate that much time to it.

Assessment is based on:
• Pre-paper activities (bibliography and mini-paper outline) – 10%
• The mini-paper (1st draft) – 40%
• The mini-paper (final version) – 20%
• Regular assignments throughout the semester (homework assignments, in-class and online quizzes, peer review) – 30%
• Completion and submission of all tasks on time and in full.

The pass grade is 60%.

In order to pass, you must reach a positive grade on at least one of the mini-paper submissions (first draft or final version), i.e. failing both mini-paper versions means that you will not pass the course, regardless of the overall points reached.

Attendance: max. 2 absences allowed

Grading scheme:
1 (Sehr gut): 100-90%
2 (Gut): 89.9-80%
3 (Befriedigend): 79.9-70%
4 (Genügend): 69.9-60%
5 (Nicht genügend): 59.9-0%

Examination topics

For further information about assessment and grading please see the information given above.

Reading list

Carr, Philip. 2013. English phonetics and phonology: an introduction. (2nd edition). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Additional readings to be announced.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612
Code/Modul: UF 3.3.2-204, BA05.3
Lehrinhalt: 12-2041

Last modified: Mo 05.10.2020 10:09