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122049 PS Proseminar Linguistics 2 (2020W)

Cognition and corpus linguistics

5.00 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. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

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By default, all sessions are online. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, group sessions can, if all members agree (and if there is a room available at the department), take place in the classroom (4-5 people per group). Group sessions will take place in November/December. Dates will be arranged in class.

Thursday 08.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 15.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 22.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 29.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 05.11. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 12.11. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 19.11. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 26.11. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 03.12. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 10.12. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 17.12. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 07.01. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 14.01. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 21.01. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 28.01. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

In this course, we will discuss how we can use text corpora to learn something about linguistic cognition. In particular, we will have a closer look at the role that utterance frequency plays in linguistic processing. We will use several quantitative methods to assess interactions between frequency and e.g. first-language acquisition and semantics, respectively, and we will investigate frequency distributions of words and in which way they relate to quantitative laws in linguistics (such as Zipf's law).

After a couple of sessions on the theoretical background and basic concepts, students will start working on empirical projects in smaller groups. There will be separate sessions for each group in which we discuss literature, data and methods relevant to the respective projects. In the middle of the semester, students will learn how to write papers with a quantitative focus. The results of the projects will be presented in the end of the semester. By default, all sessions are online. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, group sessions can, if all members agree (and if there is a room available at the department), take place in the classroom (4-5 people per group).

Methods will involve online tools for visualizing semantic relationships, online language databases, and using prewritten scripts to analyze data. No previous knowledge of any of these methods is required apart from some basic familiarity with spreadsheets.

Assessment and permitted materials

Short essay, online quiz, group project (presentation and proseminar paper), participation in class.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Short essay (10%)
Online quiz (15%)
Presentation (30%)
Proseminar paper (30%)
Participation in class (15%)
Pass grade: 60%

Examination topics

Reading list

Literature will be provided in class.

Association in the course directory

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

Last modified: Mo 05.10.2020 14:48