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122041 PS Proseminar Linguistics 1 (2018S)

Syntax

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.

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

IMPORTANT: The first four classes will run from 12:05-13:55, in order for us to be able to cover a lot of information early on and give you enough time to work on your individual papers. There will also be a mandatory feedback session of 10 minutes in April. In return for all this extra time, we will cancel a class towards the end of the semester.

Optional:
Workshop on "Literature Research" held by (and in) the department library: Thursday, 22 March 14:15-16:15
One additional feedback session once your paper has been turned in: Jun 7 - June 14

Thursday 08.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Thursday 15.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Thursday 22.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Thursday 12.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Thursday 19.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Thursday 26.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Thursday 03.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Thursday 17.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Thursday 24.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Thursday 07.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Thursday 14.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Thursday 21.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Thursday 28.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

CONTENTS:
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 familiarized with basic concepts and fundamental problems in the field of English syntax. 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:
• Basic concepts and problems in the field of syntax pertaining to the study of English
• The basic principles and ethics of academic research
• Finding and evaluating academic sources
• The basic conventions of academic writing
• Selected resources and tools used in the study of syntax

PREREQUISITES:
Please understand that this is a 6-ECTS course, which means about 150 hours of work, only 20 of which are class time. So, 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.

As this course builds on knowledge and skills acquired during the STEOP (Language Analysis and ISL1), knowledge of basic concepts and related terminology in the field of English linguistics will be taken for granted.

THERE WILL BE A SHORT QUIZ COUNTING TOWARDS THE FINAL GRADE IN THE VERY FIRST SESSION to make sure that students have this knowledge readily available. The quiz will be based on the key concepts discussed in the Language Analysis Lecture Materials (which students have used in the STEOP Language Analysis class).

We suggest that students complete ISL2 before taking PS1 - Syntax, since many of the concepts used in the PS1 are discussed in the ISL2 lecture. We also 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, ...) 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.

AIMS:
Students will be able to carry out a guided literature-based research project on a topic in the field of syntax, building on knowledge acquired in the course.

METHODS:
Reading, discussions, peer-group interaction, in-class and online exercises, lecturer input, autonomous research
In addition to our regular sessions, there will be a mandatory individual feedback session. Dates to be announced.

Assessment and permitted materials

is based on the
• Mini paper proposal
• Review of two 1st drafts + self-reflection
• Mini paper 2nd draft
• Mini paper final
• Midterm exam (take-home assignment)
• Attendance, participation, assignments & quizzes

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

• Mini paper proposal 10%
• Review of two 1st drafts + self-reflection 10%
• Mini paper 2nd draft 40%
• Mini paper final draft 20%
• Midterm exam (take-home assignment) 10%
• Participation, assignments & quizzes 10%

Completion and submission of all tasks on time and in full is expected. The major assignments above (i.e. mini paper proposal, review task, midterm exam, mini paper (both parts)) constitute mandatory requirements for this course (‘zwingend vorgeschriebene Leistungen’). Failure to complete any of these by their deadline means an automatic drop-out from the course. Furthermore, a positive grade must be reached in 3 out of the major 5 assignments in order to pass the course.

Please note that attendance is mandatory. A maximum of two absences is tolerated. If you cannot attend the very first class, you need to inform your lecturer *before the end of that session*, otherwise your spot will be given to another student.

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

• Understanding of basic concepts in the field of syntax
• Abilities to write an academic paper in English
• Literature research skills
• Reading skills
• Covering a topic in the field of syntax
• Structuring a paper
• Developing a clear line of argumentation
• Adhering to formal regulations
• Successfully using academic English

THERE WILL BE A SHORT QUIZ COUNTING TOWARDS THE FINAL GRADE IN THE VERY FIRST SESSION.
For details about the quiz and further information about assessment and grading please see the information given above.

Reading list

Language Analysis lecture material
Class reader (details 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: Fr 31.08.2018 08:42