Introduction to English Linguistics
- Wednesday 11:15 – 12:45 HS I 2hrs.
The aim of this lecture course is to introduce students to the main ideas and concepts in English linguistics. We will start off by considering what language and linguistics are, look at key concepts in semiotics, phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and major principles of language change. There will be an accompanying compulsory tutorial taught by advanced students where the basic tools and techniques linguists require for their trade are presented, the main issues treated in the lecture will be repeated and applied in practical exercises.
A reader with texts for the lecture class and tutorials will be available, but students
may want to obtain one of the textbooks listed below (in alphabetical order, not in order of
- Laurel Brinton. 2000. The Structure of Modern English: A Linguistic Introduction. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
- Stephan Gramley and Kurt Michael Pätzold. 2004. A Survey of Modern English. London:Routledge.
- Ernst Leisi und Christian Mair. 1999. Das heutige Englisch: Wesenszüge und Probleme. Heidelberg: Winter.
- Mair, Christian, 2008. English Linguistics. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag.
- Plag, Ingo et al., 2007. Introduction to English Linguistics. Berlin & New York: Mouton de
Proseminar II Sprachwissenschaft
- Thursday 09:15 – 10:45 115 2hrs.
Our discussion will start out from the pragmatic background of politeness, a brief introduction into
central pragmatic models of politeness (Leech, Brown and Levinson and Watts) and their application to
linguistic rudeness. Starting from these central theories, we will discuss a broad range of empirical
studies on politeness-sensitive phenomena, such as greetings, compliments, apologies, requests and forms
of address, often in a cross-cultural contrastive context.
Recommended introductory reading: Watts, Richard J (2003). Politeness. Cambridge. Chapter 1.
Language and Identity
- Tuesday 11:15 – 12:45 110 2hrs.
Language is an important means in the construction of human identity. We use language to position
ourselves in society in terms of gender, age, place of origin, education, profession, and political
or religious beliefs. However, individual, personal identities are always constructed against the
background of group identities and are thus the product of a complex web of internal and external
interpretations. The first part of the course will contextualise the linguistic construction of
personal and group identities within the framework of different linguistic disciplines. Later on,
we will look at empirical research focusing on the linguistic construction and perception of personal
and group identitiy. Part three of the course will take place at the international symposium “The
Linguistic Construction of Personal and Group Identity – Structure, Pragmatics, Cognition” to be held
at the Department of English, University of Heidelberg, 26th – 28th September 2013. Students will
participate in the conference and take part in a special data-discussion workshop run by experts
in the field, where they can present and discuss the data of their own small-scale research projects.
Participants are supposed to take part in the international symposium “The Linguistic Construction of
Personal and Group Identity – Structure, Pragmatics, Cognition” to be held at the Department of English,
University of Heidelberg, 26th – 28th September 2013 – look out for posters and announcements on the
homepage of the AS. Here you can get a first glimpse of current research issues covering theoretical
as well as practical and empirical research questions.
A detailed list of topics for term papers and a detailed reading list as well as further
details on how this course is organized will be provided in the first session.
Colloquium for exam candidates
- Tuesday 14:15 – 15:45 110 2hrs.
Die Veranstaltung wendet sich an Studierende des Hauptstudiums und vor allem an Examenskandidaten
(Staatsexamen, Magister). Sie gibt ihnen Unterstützung bei der Auswahl und Vorbereitung von Wahlgebieten
für das Examen. Im ersten Teil jeder Sitzung werden überblicksartig die einzelnen Teilbereiche der
Linguistik dargestellt und diskutiert. Im Anschluss daran werden jeweils Fragen beantwortet, die in
Examina vorkommen konnten, und entsprechende Übungsaufgaben gelost. Die jeweiligen Übungen und Aufgaben
sind für jede Sitzung vorzubereiten.
Kortmann, Bernd (2005): English Linguistics: Essentials
. Berlin. Cornelsen. (Zur Anschaffung empfohlen).Weitere Literaturhinweise in der ersten Sitzung.
- Wednesday 18:15 – 19:00 112 1hr.
This seminar is aimed at students at the end of their Hauptstudium
who are planning to write a
BA-, Master-, Staatsexamens
- or Magisterarbeit
in English (or those who have already
started to work on a project). It offers writers of theses and dissertations a forum for presentation
and discussion of their work-in-progress. In addition, we will be looking at how linguistic projects
are best organized and discuss current research issues including both methodological and theoretical
concerns wherever possible. A detailed plan and further details on how the course is organised will
be provided in the first session.
N.B.: A detailed seminar plan will be passed around before the first session via E-Mail.