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122055 PS PS Linguistics (2021W)


5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work
Th 14.10. 10:00-13:30 Digital


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 28.10. 10:00 - 13:30 Digital
Thursday 11.11. 10:00 - 13:30 Digital
Thursday 25.11. 10:00 - 13:30 Digital
Thursday 09.12. 10:00 - 13:30 Digital
Thursday 13.01. 10:00 - 13:30 Digital
Thursday 27.01. 10:00 - 13:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course provides an introduction to modern semantic theory. We will first discuss some basic aspects of word and sentence meaning before we explore logical semantic relations such as entailment, equivalence or contradiction as well as attempt to answer the question why sentence meaning is more than the word meanings it contains. We will also try to figure out the effect of linguistic items such as modifiers, quantifiers or negative polarity items on phrase and sentence meaning. In addition, we will deal with the topic of frames - organized cognitive knowledge structures - and investigate how we manage to make sense of such.

Goals: The course is intended to inform students of basic relevant topics in the field of Semantics, as well as to help them develop linguistic skills for problem solving and to enable them to apply these skills in their own language practice.

- Teacher input
- Reading assignments
- Presentation and paper

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 students will choose one aspect related to semantics, explore it in more detail and conduct a study. Further information will be provided in class.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance (max. 2 absences)

Part 1: Participation, readings, smaller assignments, discussions etc. 10%
Part 2: Poster presentation: 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

Course evaluation is based on
- active participation, discussions/online activities, regular readings
- (online) poster presentation
- on-time submission of PS paper and paper proposal

Please note that the project report will be checked with anti-plagiarism software (TurnItIn).

Reading list

Readings will be made available on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

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

Last modified: Th 23.09.2021 00:05