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122221 SE Linguistics Seminar / BA Paper (2020W)

Reading and understanding spoken language

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

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Details

max. 18 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

It seems increasingly likely that the seminar will need to be held digitally - to be confirmed nearer the time.
Update: 02 November 2020: for the time being, only digital!

Tuesday 06.10. 10:15 - 11:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 13.10. 10:15 - 11:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 13.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 16.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 27.10. 10:15 - 11:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 03.11. 10:15 - 11:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 17.11. 10:15 - 11:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 24.11. 10:15 - 11:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Friday 04.12. 14:15 - 15:45 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 11.12. 14:15 - 15:45 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 18.12. 14:15 - 15:45 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 12.01. 10:15 - 11:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 19.01. 10:15 - 11:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 26.01. 10:15 - 11:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

'Reading and understanding spoken language'

You may well know about differences between speech and writing, but have you ever really read transcriptions of actual spoken exchanges, let alone analyse them? In this seminar you will come to understand what is really going on in exchanges between speakers. More specifically, we will be looking at discourse-pragmatic markers – items such as 'just', 'like', 'well', 'you-know', and so on. They used to be considered meaningless fillers. Now they are regarded as complex, multi-functional items which are produced under cognitive control and which are crucial for maintaining social relationships as well as an order to the the unfolding discourse. Many are multi-functional. This seminar will unravel those complexities and functions by analysing lots of examples of a range of such items. Analysing the many discourse functions of pragmatic markers is both challenging and rewarding for it provides for you not only new insights and understandings about social interaction using language but also precise and discriminating analytic skills.

To this end, we will use the SPICE-Ireland Corpus (Kallen and Kirk, 2012), where each item functioning as a discourse-pragmatic marker is already annotated. So a further aim of this semianr is to analyse those annotated items in terms of the best prevailing theory or explanation for that item's functional behaviour. Because such markers are so universally useful, it will be expected that the behaviour in this corpus of relatively standardised Irish English will fall in line with distributional findings elsewhere, but a further goal is always to hunt out any Irishisms in the data.

The written assignment will extend the analytic skills and new-found understandings found from the regular analyses in class and apply them to new datasets or to new pragmatic markers.

Student requirements and assessments
• Students will be expected to make regular presentations in class: each dealing with analyses of annotated items such as 'well', or 'like'. These will be accompanied by a power point and/or a handout containing the examples to be discussed, for use in class by all students. Each presentation will be worth 10% of the total mark.
• Then, in discussion with the tutor, students will choose a topic for their written assignment of c. 7,500 words (excluding any data appendices). The written assessment will be worth 70% of the total mark

Learning Objectives
By the end of the module, using data for English, students will be well drilled in analysing transcribed spoken corpus data, and in analysing discourse-pragmatic items with regard to their complex multi-functionality. They will also have acquired an understanding about what a corpus is, and how it can be beneficially used, and above all a fresh (first?) real insight into the complexities of sponataneous speech where planning and production effectively occur simultaneously .

Assessment and permitted materials

• Analysis: patterns of functions and frequencies of six discourse pragmatic markers in spoken registers

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The Basics
• Data: SPICE-Ireland Corpus (sections as specified) (cf. Jeff Kallen & John Kirk SPICE-Ireland: A User's Guide (Belfast: Clo Ollscoil na Banriona, 2012) (corpus and User's Guide to be supplied by the tutor)
• Model: Kate Beeching; Pragmatic Markers in Spoken British English (CUP, 2016) (own copy essential!)
Times
• Most classes will be held on a Tuesday 10.00-12.00, but some classes will be held on a Friday 14.00-16.00. Please check schedule carefully! It is essential that you attend all classes!

Examination topics

Leistungen
• 3 oral presentations per student in class, with power point or handout accompaniment
• 1 written assignment, of c. 7,500 words (excl. data appendices) per student, due 31 January 2021, to build on work done for oral presentations

Reading list

Jeffrey Kallen & John Kirk SPICE-Ireland: A User's Guide (Belfast: Clo Ollscoil na Banriona, 2012) (corpus and User's Guide to be supplied by the tutor)
Kate Beeching; Pragmatic Markers in Spoken British English (CUP, 2016) (own copy essential!)

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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