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122223 SE Linguistics Seminar / BA-Paper / MA historical & descriptive linguistics (2013S)

Spatio-temporal relations in language

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

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

Details

max. 18 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 12.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Tuesday 19.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Tuesday 09.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Tuesday 16.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Tuesday 23.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Tuesday 30.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Tuesday 07.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Tuesday 14.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Tuesday 28.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Tuesday 04.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Tuesday 11.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Tuesday 18.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Tuesday 25.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Deixis is a pervasive phenomenon in language structure. The term comes from a Greek word meaning "pointing" or "indicating". When we use language, we constantly point to various entities. We point to persons (person deixis grammaticalised by personal pronouns, like I (the current speaker), you (the addressee), and he/she/it the so-called "non-person", since s/he does not participate in the language situation. We also point to places (place deixis grammaticalised by adverbs of place: here/there), and to points in time (grammaticalised as now/then). The crucial notion in deixis is its egocentricity, i.e. the distance of an entity from the speaker, who is at the center of the language situation (the so-called Origo). Therefore, all deictic terms point to objects close to the speaker (proximal, e.g. I/here/now) as opposed to objects away from the speaker (distal, e.g. you/there/then). These distinctions are present in every language, i.e. are universal, and deixis is a pervasive language phenomenon (over 95% of our utterances are deictic in nature, i.e. have deictic elements in them).
Apart from the three basic deictic distinctions of person, place and time deixis, which are obligatory categories, there are also optional or "speaker-dependent" deictic uses. These include: social deixis (ways of referring to persons by means of pronouns, the so-called T/V distinction like German du/Sie or Middle English thou/you), discourse deixis (referring to a portion of discourse by means of a demonstrative, e.g. This was a funny story) and emotional deixis (making the text more emotional by using demonstrative pronouns, e.g. And this guy into this bar and looks at this woman…).
In this course we will look at various types of deixis (including sign language and finding your way in spaces) as realised in different languages and cultures. A variety of data collection techniques is encouraged: written and spoken sources (e.g. literary works, everyday conversation), the language of the media (newspapers, film, TV), the language of the internet, etc.

Prof. Dr. Barbara Kryk-Kastovsky SS 2013
HS: Spatio-temporal relations in language Tue 12-14

Seminar schedule:

March 12
Introduction and distribution of topics

March 26-April 9
Easter Holidays

April 16
Bühler's theory of language (Zeigefeld)
Tenses as deictic categories

April 23
Fillmore's theory to deixis
Rauh's modified approach to deixis

May 7
How deictic is language some universalist observations
Grammaticalized deictic dimensions data from English, German and other languages

May 14
"Speaker-oriented" (optional) deictic dimensions: social, emotional and discourse deixis illustrations from various languages
Discourse deixis vs. anaphora

May 28
Non-deictic uses of deictic categories in newspaper language
Social deixis forms of address in Indo-European vs. non-Indo-European languages

June 4 Demonstrative pronoun systems in various languages
How to cut the spatial cake: place deixis in various languages and cultures

June 11 Deictic vs.- non-deictic uses of come/go vs. kommen/gehen and their equivalents in other languages
The role of the speaker and the addressee in conversation illustrations from the media

June 18 Gestures as deictic categories
T/V distinction as an exponent of politeness in English, German, and other languages

June 25 The deixis of sign language
The deixis of finding your way in an unknown space

Assessment and permitted materials

class participation; oral paper presentation; final written essay.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The aim of the course is to grasp the differences between the distinct ways deixis can be realised across languages.

Examination topics

Oral presentations of assigned topics will be followed by a discussion and a written version of the paper.

Reading list

A course reader will be provided.

Association in the course directory

Studium: Diplom 343, UF 344, BA 612, ME 812;
Code/Modul: Diplom 222, 226/228, 236/238, 721-723, 821, UF 4.2.3-222, BA06.2, M04
Lehrinhalt: 12-0369

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