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122050 PS PS Linguistics (2019S)

Pragmatics & Discourse

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

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 11.03. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 18.03. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 25.03. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 01.04. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 08.04. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 29.04. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 06.05. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 13.05. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 20.05. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 27.05. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 03.06. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 17.06. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 24.06. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Taking pragmatics & discourse analysis as an example, this course provides students with more detailed insights into one area of linguistics and prepares them for their first small-scale research project.

Students will acquire a basic knowledge of the interaction of language and context, develop skills in the linguistic analysis of authentic texts/discourses, challenge and question their preconceived assumptions about language use, and learn to approach language-related questions in a systematic and objective way.

Students will be given an overview of the main fields of linguistics which study language use in its social context. Some of the key questions we will address in the course of the term are: what do people mean by their utterances in a particular context? How does the context influence what is said (i.e. how do speakers encode a message depending on who they are talking to, about what, where, when and why?). Linked to it, we will also look at 'how more is […] being communicated than is said' (Yule 2017: 142) and what determines the choice between what we state explicitly and what remains unsaid. We will also look at how addressees infer meaning. What role do expectations and shared assumptions play in these processes? In addition, we will discuss the process of empirical research and look at different types of data, methods of data collection and analysis.

In addition to exploring these questions and learning about practical linguistic research based on authentic data, participants will also learn how to find relevant literature on a specific research topic/question, critically analyse and reflect on existing research in the field and collect first experience in planning, conducting and writing up a small-scale linguistic research project.

This course combines lecturer input, sample analyses of relevant material, assignments, group work, discussions and student presentations.

Assessment and permitted materials

Student assessment is based on active participation in class, online assignments, regular readings, an oral poster presentation and the PS paper.
For the paper each student will choose one aspect related to pragmatics & discourse and explore it in more detail analysing data. Further information will be provided in class.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance (max. 2 absences)
Part 1: Class participation, readings, smaller (online) assignments, discussions etc. 10%
Part 2: Poster presentation in class: 25%
Part 3: Paper proposal: 20% (including study proposal)
Part 4: PS paper (3,500 words +/-10%): 45%

All parts (1, 2, 3 and 4) must be completed and at least three out of four parts must be positive. The overall pass mark is 60%.

Grading scale:

1 (sehr gut) 100-90%;
2 (gut) 89-80%;
3 (befriedigend) 79-70%;
4 (genügend) 69-60%;
5 (nicht genügend) 59-0%.

Examination topics

Continuous assessment based on what was covered in class, details will be given in class and on Moodle.

Reading list

An extended reading list will be given to the participants in the first session.

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

Association in the course directory

Studium: BEd 046 / 407
Code/Modul: BEd 09.1
Lehrinhalt: 12-2045

Last modified: We 11.09.2019 09:18