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122250 AR Advanced Course in Linguistics (2019W)

Pragmatic Discourse Markers

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

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Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 11.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 18.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 25.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 08.11. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 15.11. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 22.11. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 29.11. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 06.12. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 13.12. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 10.01. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 17.01. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 24.01. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 31.01. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17

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Aims, contents and method of the course

Pragmatic Discourse Markers

Pragmatic discourse markers are items such as just, like, well, you-know, and so on. They used to be considered meaningless fillers. Now they are regarded as complex, multi-functional items which are produced under cognitive control and which are crucial for maintaining social relationships as well as an order to the the unfolding discourse. This seminar will unravel those complexities and functions in a range of items. To this end, use will be made of the SPICE-Ireland Corpus, where item functioning as pragmatic discourse markers are already annotated. The aim of the course is to analyse those annotated items in terms of the best prevailing theory or explanation for an item's behaviour. Because such markers are so universally useful, it will be expected that the behaviour in this corpus of relatively standardised Irish English will fall in line with findings elsewhere, but a secondary goal is always to hunt out any Irishisms in the data.

Students will be expected to make three presentations in class: one dealing with the annotated items well, like and you-know; one dealing with items which are not actually annotated in the corpus: really, anyway and the variable set of what's referred to as 'general extenders; (e.g. and things like that). The third presentation will relate to the choice of assignment topic: I know / I don't know; or I think / I don't think ; and yes/yeah etc. and no etc. as pragmatic discourse markers. By the end of the module, a student will be well drilled in analysing transcribed spoken corpus data and in analysing items with regard to their complex multi-functionality.

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Task 1 20%
Task 2 20%
Task 3 15%
Written assignment 45%

Reading list

Set Text
Kate Beeching, Pragmatic Markers in British English: Meaning in Social Interaction (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016) available in paperback

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344; MA 812 [2]; UF MA 046/507
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.3-223-225, MA M04, MA M05, UF MA 4B
Lehrinhalt: 12-0143

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