Universität Wien FIND

122221 SE Linguistics Seminar / BA Paper (2018S)

Semantic change

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

Details

max. 18 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 15.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 22.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 12.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 19.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 26.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 03.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 17.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 24.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 07.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 14.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 21.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 28.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

In this class we will focus on semantic development in the English lexicon from the beginnings to the present day. Beyond the history of individual words and the development of lexical fields, we will also look at general principles of semantic change, at relations between language and culture, and at the role of semantic change in the emergence of grammar and its relation to pragmatics.

Participants will thus become familiar with central issues in English historical semantics and they will be able to pursue individual research questions in these areas. Consequently the class will also include a recapitulation of some basic language history, but also an introduction to historical lexicography and to the competent use of dictionaries and other research tools.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will choose a specific topic and prepare presentations. They will write an individual seminar paper about this topic and complete smaller assignments.
Course evaluation is based on:
- class participation, reading, smaller assignments, oral presentation with discussion (30%)
- seminar paper (70%)

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

Set texts, presentations, assignments, lecturer input.

Reading list

Participants must acquire a copy of the following textbook:
Christian Kay & Kathryn Allan. 2015. English Historical Semantics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

A select bibliography and further set texts will be provided in class.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.3-222, BA06.2
Lehrinhalt: 12-2222

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