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180149 VO+UE Introduction to linguistics from a cognitive perspective (2021W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work
We 06.10. 11:30-13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock


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

The lecture is planned to take place at the university in "physical presence". In case there are changes, all participants will be informed in due time.

Wednesday 13.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 20.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 27.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 03.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 10.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 17.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 24.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 01.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 15.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 12.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 19.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 26.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

Language may be regarded as one of the most prominent cognitive capacities of the human race. It is ubiquitous, and every human being speaks at least one language and knows about a few others. Disputes about properties of one or another language or dialect are quite popular. But what do we really know about this cognitive capacity. In order to discuss this, a few concepts and topics of modern linguistics have to be presented and understood. In the first phase of the course we will try to gain clarity about certain quite important questions: what is the code language uses, and how is it transmitted (phonology and phonetics)? What are the units of language and how are they utilized to form a rather complex system (morphology, syntax)? What role plays structure for language (syntax, semantics)? How does meaning come about (semantics, acquisition)? Do we structure meanings (semantics, information structure)? In the following, we will address topics that directly relate to themes most relevant to the study of cognition in a broader sense.

Assessment and permitted materials

- active participation in discussions
- 3 assignments (commented summaries of literature)
- formulation of a topic in linguistics for the final paper (recommendations on literature will be given), including short presentation with handout (or screen presentation)
- final paper (approx. 10-12 pages)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regular participation in at least 80% of lectures is obligatory.
The following deliverables are requirements for final grading:
- 3 brief summaries on literature (1-2 pages) [30%]
- 1 short presentation (10 min) on the chosen resarch topic [10%]
- 1 handout (approx. 1 page) or screen presentation, containing main research questions and theses, as well as a preliminary bibliography [10%]
- final paper (approx. 10-12 pages) [50%]

For each of these tasks, points are given, summing up to 100 points. The final grade will be calculated according to the following scheme:
90-100 -> 1 | 77-89 -> 2 | 64-76 -> 3 | 51-63 -> 4 | 0-50 -> 5

Examination topics

Reading list

No specific recommendations. Materials and selected literature will be made available on the moodle platform.

Association in the course directory

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