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64033-01 - Seminar: Corpus-Linguistic Approaches to English Speech Acts 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2022
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Thomas Messerli (thomas.messerli@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt When we think about the actions speakers perform when they are using language in general and English in particular, we probably land first on prototypical performatives like christenings or apologies. By using the right words in the right context, speakers in these cases bring about changes in the world, and these changes are often linked to illocutionary acts that are not encoded on the language surface (the locution), but rest within the potential for situated language use to communicate meaning beyond the concrete shape of the utterance. Speech acts, in other words, are functions of language that can be realized by means of many different forms. Corpus linguistics, on the other hand – understood as the systematic analysis of texts by means of digital tools –, is good at locating forms in their context. Exploring English speech acts in corpora, and more generally doing corpus pragmatics, is therefore first of all a challenging endeavour that requires a good understanding of the typical realizations of functions through IFIDs, illocutionary force indicating devices, and other signs that index functions. This means that corpus-linguistic attempts at gaining insights into speech acts will allow the participants in this course to deepen their knowledge of typical speech acts themselves, to explore other approaches to function of language, and to learn more about corpus-linguistic methodology as well as mixed-method research designs, which are inevitable for corpus pragmatics. We will read and discuss seminal theoretical works and recent empirical studies in this course and will apply the theoretical-methodological toolset we thus build up to different types of data.
Lernziele By the end of the course, students will have learned about and worked with corpus-linguistic methods and in particular those applied in corpus pragmatics. They will have revisited speech act theory and have explored language functions from different perspectives, which also will have deepened their knowledge of linguistics in general and pragmatics in particular. Students will have applied their knowledge to a range of different data – some of which provided in the course, some of it collected by the participants themselves, and they will have shared their own informed ideas about how English speakers use language to perform speech acts.
Literatur All obligatory reading for the course will be made available on ADAM.
Weblink ADAM


Teilnahmebedingungen This course is open to students of English who have passed all three BA introductory modules (including the proseminar papers) and to MA students of English and MSG Sprache und Kommunikation.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Please register for this course in MOnA.
In order to ensure a good learning environment, we aim at no more than 25 students per class (4 classes). The first 25 people on the list have a reserved space, any further people will be considered to be on the waiting list. Please sign up here: https://doodle.com/poll/xfximriuv9heybga?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link

**Please only register for a maximum of TWO seminars and only for more than one if you really intend to take the course. **

Should you have not made it into one of the courses and you are only able to register on the list in a position higher than 25, we guarantee that we will take you in the course with the least student numbers.

The doodle will open on Monday, January 3, 2022, 10am (CET) and close on Thursday, February 17, 2022, 2pm (CET) in order to finalize student distribution in the week before term starts.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien Online-Angebot obligatorisch


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 25.02.2022 – 03.06.2022
Zeit Freitag, 12.15-14.00 Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 25.02.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr --, --
Freitag 04.03.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 11.03.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Fasnachtsferien
Freitag 18.03.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 25.03.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 01.04.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 08.04.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 15.04.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Ostern
Freitag 22.04.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 29.04.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 06.05.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 13.05.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 20.05.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 27.05.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Auffahrt
Freitag 03.06.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Module Modul: Advanced English Linguistics (Bachelor Studienfach Englisch)
Modul: English Linguistics (Master Studienfach Englisch)
Modul: Forschungspraxis und Vertiefung (Master Studiengang Sprache und Kommunikation)
Modul: Sprache als Prozess (Master Studiengang Sprache und Kommunikation)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung regular and active participation; preparatory reading; oral presentation plus handout; short written task in connection with the presentation (discussion synthesis of around 1’500 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