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122250 AR Linguistics Advanced Course 1/2 - Focus: Functional and Cognitive Linguistics (2018S)

English idioms

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

Registration/Deregistration

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. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 13.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 20.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 10.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 17.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 24.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 08.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 15.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 29.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 05.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 12.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Tuesday 19.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Course content:
Idioms form an essential part of the English language. Typically defined as constructions that are semantically non-transparent and non-compositional (i.e. the meaning of the idiom as a whole cannot be predicted on the basis of the meaning of the component parts), they are often regarded as fixed multi-word expressions that simply need to be learned. Closer examination, however, shows that there is huge amount of variation within the class of idioms, in terms of degree of transparency, compositionality, conventionality, collocability and (morpho)syntactic flexibility. In order to come to a better understanding of the use, internal structure and formal behaviour of English idioms, this course will address such questions as how they can be defined and classified, how they can be analysed (semantically and syntactically), how they are used (creatively), and how they are processed and acquired.

Course aims:
By focusing on a single, but very versatile, type of construction, students will learn:
(i) to recognize the complexity of the linguistic system as manifested in English idioms
(ii) to approach what looks like a straightforward, unitary phenomenon from different angles
(iii) to decide which research questions and methodology are appropriate in studying the different aspects of idioms
(iv) to understand how these different aspects are interconnected and mutually dependent
(v) to tackle some of the issues involved individually and in small groups.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will be assessed on the basis of a mid-term assignment (individual), a (group) presentation and a final (group) report on a research project. Active participation is required.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

(a) regular class attendance (max. 2 absences)
(b) handing in the midterm assignment
(c) giving the oral presentation (on set date)
(d) handing in the seminar paper (on time)
(e) attaining an average score of 60%.

Examination topics

Readings, assignments, classroom discussions, presentations, research project

Reading list

Required reading will be made available during the course.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344; MA 812 [2]; UF MA 046
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.3-223-225, MA M04, MA M05, UF MA 4B
Lehrinhalt: 12-0143

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