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122250 AR Advanced Course in Linguistics (2020S)

Pragmatic Discourse Markers

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

Monday 09.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 16.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 20.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 27.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 04.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 11.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 18.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 25.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 08.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 15.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 22.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Monday 29.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19

Information

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', 'just' and 'you-know'; one dealing with items 'like', 'sort of' and 'I mean'. The third presentation will relate to the choice of assignment topic, which will be an extension to one of the two class presentations. 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 - you must have your own copy:
Kate Beeching, _Pragmatic Markers in British English_ (Cambridge University Press, 2016) 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: 12-0260

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