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Contrastive Linguistics

DozentIn: Kim-Kristin Droste, M.Ed.

Veranstaltungstyp: Seminar

Ort: 41/111: Mo. 10:00 - 12:00 (13x), 94/E03 - E-Prüf-Raum: Mo. 10:00 - 12:00 (1x), 94/E06 - E-Prüf-Raum: Montag, 29.01.2024 10:00 - 12:00

Zeiten: Mo. 10:00 - 12:00 (wöchentlich), Ort: 41/111, 94/E03 - E-Prüf-Raum, Termine am Montag, 29.01.2024 10:00 - 12:00, Ort: 94/E06 - E-Prüf-Raum

Beschreibung: Why do native speakers of German systematically pronounce 'birthday' more like 'börsday', no matter the proficiency? Vice versa, why shouldn’t speakers of English translate 'I’m hot' literally when complaining about high temperatures if they want to avoid embarrassment?

This course is about contrastive linguistics, an approach that aims to identify and describe similarities and differences between two or more languages. Though we will primarily be concerned with contrasts between English and German, we will on occasion look beyond the languages we are familiar with. No knowledge of German linguistics or other languages is required, but of course more than welcome. We will compare and contrast English and German on multiple levels of linguistic analysis, mainly focusing on phonology, morphology, and syntax.

Please note: We will not explicitly address the application of the topic to ESL teaching in this course. However, understanding basic structural similarities and differences of English and German is essential for future teachers since you will be able to understand, correct, and predict potential learning difficulties and interference mistakes.

Course book:
König, Ekkehard & Volker Gast. 2018. Understanding English-German contrasts, 4th ed. Berlin: ESV.
Students are encouraged to purchase the course book. Alternatively, two copies of the 3rd edition are available at the university library to read on-site; one in the Semesterapparat and the other as a Präsenzexemplar.

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