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122225 SE 'Fast Track' Linguistics Seminar / BA Paper (2019W)

Collocations & colligations in English

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



max. 18 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

attendance at all blocks is mandatory!!!

BLOCK I: 11.1 (Introduction, theoretical background)
BLOCK II: 10.2-12.2 (How to work with a corpus, project proposal)
BLOCK III: 28.2 Presentations of paper projects

Saturday 11.01. 10:00 - 13:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Monday 10.02. 10:00 - 13:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Tuesday 11.02. 10:00 - 13:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Wednesday 12.02. 10:00 - 13:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05
Friday 28.02. 10:00 - 16:00 Raum 1 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-05


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).

Assessment and permitted materials

In this interactive blocked 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 20 min presentation in which they present preliminary results.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The minimum requirements for passing the course are:
• regular class attendance at all sessions
• 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

provided on moodle

Association in the course directory

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

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:20