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128304 AR AR Philosophy of Language Science / What's this thing called science? (2021S)

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



Vorläufig online
Freitag 10:15-11:45
Beginn: 19.03.2021


Aims, contents and method of the course

Course Content:
In this course we will discuss topics and key concepts within the philosophy of science which are especially important to linguistics. One element of this seminar will address science in general, discussing issues such as types of ‘facts’, different perspectives on the scientific endeavor and external and internal constraints on scientific research. Another element will focus specifically on linguistics as a scientific field including topics such as different definitions and models of language and the linguistic sign, and potential pitfalls in linguistic research. In this seminar we will explore distinctions and questions such as what are (linguistic) facts and how do they relate to theories? Are there empirical facts independent of theories about them? What is the interplay between between theories, social context, methods, and research tools?

Course Aims:
The aim of the course is to learn about the basic concepts, problems and models in the philosophy of science and their relevance for linguistics.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance, participation in class discussions, being the discussant for one session, final essay.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria


Class participation 20%
Discussant for one session 30%
Final Essay 50%

Examination topics

No final exam.

Reading list

To be provided.

Association in the course directory

Studium: MA 812 (2)
Code/Modul: MA(2) 06
Lehrinhalt: 12-8161

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