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41591-01 - Forschungsseminar: Stance and perspective in English language (use) 4 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Andreas Langlotz (andreas.langlotz@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Language use is not neutral. Whenever we speak and write, we describe our world of experience (including the inner world of personal experience and the social world of engaging with others) from a particular vantage point. For example, the sentences in (1)-(4) conceptualise a basic process in a restaurant kitchen from different perspectives such as distant vs. close (1 vs. 4), personal vs. impersonal (2 vs. 3) or abstract vs. specific (3 vs. 4):

1) Kitchen staff are preparing the meal.
2) "I must chop the onions", the aide said.
3) Vegetables are being cut.
4) The knife is sliding through the layers of the onion bulb.

When addressing such constellations, language users also adopt different stances towards the content of their utterances. For instance, they may modify the meaning of a statement through deontic (2) or epistemic (5) modality. Or they may express their emotional evaluation of a state of affairs (6):

5) Italian onions would have different flavours.
6) Wow, Italian onions, I mean they taste really, really great!

In this seminar, we will scrutinize the linguistic as well as some non-verbal means to play with perspective and stance. Approaching these phenomena from a cognitive-linguistic and from a conversation-analytical angle, we are interested in how language and other communicative modalities guide and manipulate our perception, comprehension, and interpretation of the world of experience. To do so, we will look at a great variety of different linguistic data including face-to-face interactions, fictional texts (novels and short stories), newspaper articles, and (political) speeches.
Lernziele After this seminar students will
- know the linguistic dimensions of perspective and stance.
- be able to detect, distinguish, and analyse different linguistic and non-verbal means to modulate perspective and stance in different forms of language use.
- have developed a critical attitude towards the potentially manipulative employment of stance and perspective in public and political discourse.
Literatur will be made available on ADAM.


Teilnahmebedingungen Successfully completed BA
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung In order to ensure a good learning environment, we aim at no more than 20 students per class (2 sections). We ask you to register via the following doodle link and recommend that you create a doodle account https://doodle.com/poll/d8wrttm2dfhyvgmm. You may only register TWICE: once for a class section and once for a waiting list.

Multiple voting (more than twice) will be removed and you will be assigned a place in a class with free seats after registration has closed. Should you not have made it into one of the courses and you are only able to register for the waiting lists, we guarantee that we will take you in the course with the least student numbers. The doodle will close on February 11 in order to finalise student distribution in the week before term start.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Weblink ADAM
Einsatz digitaler Medien Online-Angebot obligatorisch


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 22.02.2019 – 24.05.2019
Zeit Freitag, 10.15-12.00 Nadelberg 6, Raum 13
Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 22.02.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 01.03.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 08.03.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 15.03.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Fasnachtsferien
Freitag 22.03.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 29.03.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 13
Freitag 05.04.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 13
Freitag 12.04.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 13
Freitag 19.04.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Ostern
Freitag 26.04.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 13
Freitag 03.05.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 13
Freitag 10.05.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 13
Freitag 17.05.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 13
Freitag 24.05.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 13
Module Doktorat Französische Sprachwissenschaft: Empfehlungen (Promotionsfach Französische Sprachwissenschaft)
Doktorat Iberoromanische Sprachwissenschaft: Empfehlungen (Promotionsfach Iberoromanische Sprachwissenschaft)
Doktorat Sprachwissenschaft des Englischen: Empfehlungen (Promotionsfach Sprachwissenschaft des Englischen)
Modul: English Linguistics (Master Studienfach Englisch)
Modul: Forschungspraxis und Vertiefung (Master Studiengang Sprache und Kommunikation)
Modul: Research in English Linguistics (Master Studienfach Englisch)
Modul: Sprache als Prozess (Master Studiengang Sprache und Kommunikation)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Oral presentation and short written assignment (1000-1500 words)
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft