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122049 PS Proseminar Linguistics 2 (2019S)

Early Modern English

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

Registration/Deregistration

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. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 19.03. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 26.03. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 02.04. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 09.04. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 30.04. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 07.05. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 14.05. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 21.05. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 28.05. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 04.06. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 18.06. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 25.06. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

In this class the language of Shakespeare will be studied as a specific instance of Early Modern English (1500-1700), a period that plays a fundamental role in the emergence of Modern Standard English and its varieties. We will encounter a language that is often familiar but sometimes also mildly exotic from a present-day point of view, with considerable internal variation and ongoing linguistic change within the period. Besides studying a goodly amount of literary language we will also look at a number of non-literary Early Modern English texts and assess the major characteristics of Shakespeare's language on all levels of linguistic description, from phonology to text linguistics and stylistics.

Thus participants will be familiar with the major issues in the linguistic discussion of the language of Shakespeare and their relation to literary and cultural backgrounds in the Early Modern English period. This includes a knowledge of how the development in EModE relates to present-day English and to comparable developments in other European languages. Participants will be able provide linguistic analyses of texts by Shakespeare and discuss them in a wider context and they will make competent and independent use of linguistic research tools and literature.

Participants will be expected to complete shorter oral and written assignments (both individually and in groups) and to give and receive peer feedback. They will also attend individual one-to-one feedback session to prepare and discuss their seminar papers.

Assessment and permitted materials

In this class the language of Shakespeare will be studied as a specific instance of Early Modern English (1500-1700), a period that plays a fundamental role in the emergence of Modern Standard English and its varieties. We will encounter a language that is often familiar but sometimes also mildly exotic from a present-day point of view, with considerable internal variation and ongoing linguistic change within the period. Besides studying a goodly amount of literary language we will also look at a number of non-literary Early Modern English texts and assess the major characteristics of Shakespeare's language on all levels of linguistic description, from phonology to text linguistics and stylistics.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The minimum requirements for passing the course are:
- regular class attendance (max. 2 absences),
- handing in the smaller assignments (on time),
- giving the oral presentation (on set date),
- handing in the seminar paper (on time),
- passing the seminar paper.

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

Examination topics

Critical reading, class discussions, independent corpus-based research projects, solving in-class tasks, oral presentations, short (2500-3000 word) paper.

Reading list

1. Participants will be expected to acquire the following textbook before the first session:
Nevalainen, Terttu. 2006. An Introduction to Early Modern English. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

2. Participants will also be expected to acquire a copy of at least one play by Shakespeare (details tba in class)

3. Various other texts will be made available in the course of the semester, both through moodle and in the department's library.

Association in the course directory

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

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:33