Universität Wien FIND

122222 SE Linguistics Seminar / BA Paper (2019S)

Introduction to Diachronic Usage-based Cognitive Construction Grammar

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

Monday 11.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 18.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 25.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 01.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 08.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 29.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 06.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 13.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 20.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 27.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 03.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 17.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 24.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

For centuries linguists have had different points of views on what grammar is and how to model and formalize linguistic knowledge best. Moreover, they have different visions of how language is acquired and why it changes. For decades, there have been two opposing camps: functionalism and formalism. Additionally, in the 80ies, a third major school of linguistic thought emerged, which is rooted in the advances of cognitive science: a cognitive approach to grammar. The aim of this course is to introduce the participants to one specific model: namely Usage-based Cognitive Construction Grammar.
During the last two decades, the constructionist approach has definitely been the fastest growing linguistic and interdisciplinary cognitive-functional approach to language and language change. In Usage-based Cognitive Construction Grammar, language is an emergent ‘Complex Adaptive System’ that is shaped by domain-general cognitive processes. Language is grounded in language-independent cognitive processes such as association, automatization, schematization and categorization. Structure emerges through repetition, analogization, and categorization rather than resulting from a pre-existent matrix. In other words, constructionalists subscribe to a non-nativist approach which does not assume the existence of a universal grammar. Everything about language is learned and grammar is usage-based. Grammatical code is meaningful and functional but constantly changing. Categories are fuzzy and linguistic knowledge is organized in networks of constructional nodes. By reading and discussing seminal literature together, we will find out what is meant by these statements.

Assessment and permitted materials

In this interactive course, students will choose a specific construction and write a seminar paper about it. The paper will be empirical and diachronic (corpus-based analysis using the COCA, COHA, BNC) and trace the historical development of the construction in the last 200 years. To prepare for this paper, the students will have to read the literature, prepare a poster, write a paper proposal and give a 15 min presentation in which they present preliminary results.

Course evaluation is based on:

58 p 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)
• 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: We 03.07.2019 08:27