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122222 SE Linguistics Seminar / BA Paper (2018S)

Collocations, colligations & semi-specified constructions in English

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

Friday 09.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 16.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 23.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 13.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 20.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 27.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 04.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 11.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 18.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 25.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 01.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 08.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 15.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 22.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 29.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

It is a well-known fact that the English language is full of fixed, collocational/colligational phrases (e.g. ladies and gentlemen, break up; looking forward to +ing) and semi-specified constructions (drive X crazy; Have you ever X ?) which often have fixed, fully specified elements but also open slots which can be filled by various elements. These constructions sometimes have idiomatic meaning and sometimes have syntactic structures which deviate from the normal English default word order. In this course we will investigate such constructions empirically (frequency and function, variation, change, genre preferences). At the same time this BA seminar will introduce the basic tenets of Usage-based, Cognitive Construction Grammar, a newly developing model of syntax because Construction Grammar offers interesting insights into the nature of semi-specified constructions.

Assessment and permitted materials

In this interactive course, students will choose a specific colligation or semi-specified construction and write a seminar paper about it. The paper will be empirical (corpus-based analysis using the COCA, COHA, BNC ). To prepare for this paper, the students will have to do some smaller assignments, write a paper proposal and give a 15 min presentation in which they present preliminary results.

Course evaluation is based on:

58p seminar paper
16p paper proposal
16p presentation
10p Poster Assignment

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The minimum requirements for passing the course are:
• regular class attendance (max. 3 absences)
• handing in the smaller assignments (on time)
• giving the oral presentation (on set date)
• handing in the paper proposal and the seminar paper (on time)

• The pass rate is > 60%. The final seminar paper has to receive a positive grade, otherwise the course is an automatic fail

Final grades & points(%) achieved:
Sehr gut: 90-100; Gut: 80-89; Befriedigend: 70-79; Genügend: 60-69; Nicht Genügend: 0-59

Examination topics

Reading list

will be provided in class, also note that there is a moodle platform for this course

Association in the course directory

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

Last modified: Fr 31.08.2018 08:42