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122047 PS Proseminar Linguistics 2 (2018S)

An extremely interesting seminar topic! - Investigating English noun phrases

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

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

This PS2 is PARTLY BLOCKED!!! Instead of the last 4 regular sessions, all student presentations will be blocked on Friday, 15th of June (16.00-20.00) & Saturday, June 16th (9.00-13.00) in SR 1.
Attendance during this entire block is mandatory for course completion!
Weekly sessions will be held until the 4th of June.

Monday 19.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 09.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 16.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 23.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 30.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 07.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 14.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 28.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 04.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 15.06. 16:00 - 20:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Saturday 16.06. 09:00 - 13:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Nouns and noun phrases are very important linguistic constituents. As linguistic signs they help us to talk about objects, people, places and abstract concepts. A linguistic system without “nounish” elements is impossible to think of. Noun phrases are expressions of reference, “that is, as linguistic materializations of extralinguistic concepts, and not of attributes, events, actions, relationships, circumstances, etc., which are prototypically expressed by other phrasal categories.[….] The semantic goal of a noun phrase is presentative in the sense that, by uttering a noun phrase, the speaker is activating a referent in current discourse” (Martínez-Insua & Pérez-Guerra 2011: 202-203). At first sight, the structure of the NP in English seems pretty straight forward (Determiner+Modifier+Head+Complement). However, as this course will show, speakers are very creative when it comes to creating new nouns (e.g. facebooker, cronut, thruthiness) and many interesting NP constructions exist which deviate from the default word order (e.g. How big a mess this is; We discussed this face to face; lucky me; Do you want coffee or coffee coffee? …)

In this course, students will investigate interesting nouns and creative NP patterns; especially analyzing morphosyntactic variation in contemporary English. Another aim of this course in to show students what it means to work empirically and how to write an academic empirical paper in linguistics.

The following questions will be answered:

How is the English NP structured? (Headedness, prehead and posthead dependents)
Which interesting NP constructions exist?
How can linguistic NP constructions be detected and analyzed in a corpus?

Assessment and permitted materials

Each student will choose one interesting nominal or noun phrase construction (e.g. compounds, binominal constructions etc.) or focus on a particular sub-aspect (e.g. determination, quantification, modification, complementation). By using the BYU corpora - COCA, COHA, BNC,... - empirical data will be elicited and analyzed. The results of this data analysis will be presented in a 25 min group presentation and in a written proseminar paper (written individually).

This interactive course involves discussions, group work and presentations. Course evaluation is based on regular attendance (max. 2 absences of weekly sessions; full participation at blocked sessions in June), class participation (readings, 2 smaller assignments) 16%, an oral in-class presentation 20%, a paper proposal 20% and a written seminar paper 44%.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

you need to collect > 60p/% to pass the course successfully

Final grades & points(%) achieved:
Sehr gut: 90-100; Gut: 80-89; Befriedigend: 70-79; Genügend: 60-69; Nicht Genügend: 0-59

Examination topics

Reading list

Materials will be provided in class. Please note that there is a moodle platform for this course.

Association in the course directory

Studium: BA 612;
Code/Modul: BA06.1;
Lehrinhalt: 12-2044

Last modified: Fr 31.08.2018 08:42