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122250 AR Advanced Course in Linguistics (2021W)

Focus Historical: Speakers' individuality and networks through the lens of historical texts

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


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


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 08.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Friday 15.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Friday 22.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Friday 29.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Friday 05.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Friday 12.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Friday 19.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Friday 26.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Friday 03.12. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Friday 10.12. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Friday 17.12. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Friday 07.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Friday 14.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Friday 21.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Friday 28.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The aims of this advanced course 2 in historical linguistics are three-fold: (i) introduce you to the corpus study of historical texts; (ii) teach you simple to use, but very powerful statistical methods appropriate for such linguistic data; and (iii) help you develop your independent-work skills and your presentational skills, both oral and written. In this semester’s class, we will use as the primary data source the corpus of historical letter collections
By the end of the course, you should be able to:
• independently select a linguistic feature that shows interesting variation in your texts of interest
• studythebehaviorofthatfeatureacrosstimeandacrossindividualspeakersinasyntactically-pre-analyzed (“parsed”) corpus
• use descriptive statistics, visualizations and bootstrapping methods to perform data analysis in R
• present your findings before your peers
• provide constructive feedback to your peers
• receive such feedback and use it to improve your work
• write up your findings as a self-contained 10-page report that employs both flowing text and appropriate visualizations of the data

Assessment and permitted materials

Classroom participation, feedback to fellow students, quantitative corpus study, oral presentation of results and interpretation, final 10-page paper.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

• 10% for class participation: questions, answers and comments on the readings and material discussed in class
• 20% for constructive feedback to your peers during the interactive sessions on 10.12. and 17.12. and the final presentations by others on 14.01., 21.01. and 28.01. (can be done in class or afterwards in the written form)
• 10% for designing your study: choosing the linguistic feature(s), and on the basis of that choice selecting speakers and/or time intervals to search in (reported in class on 10.12. and 17.12. as well as in a written note submitted by 17.12.)
• 30% for the presentation, under four equally valued rubrics (7.5% each): clarity of presentation for your results; methodological appropriateness of your analyses; logical correctness of your argumentation; re- sponding to the feedback during Q&A.
• 30% for the final write-up, judged according to same four rubrics as for the presentation (with the feedback in this case being the feedback during Q&A and from the instructor in the written form).

Examination topics

See 'minimum requirements'.

Reading list

Required literature provided on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: MA 812 [2]; UF MA 046/507
Code/Modul: MA M04, MA M05, UF MA 4B
Lehrinhalt: 12-0260

Last modified: Tu 31.08.2021 17:48