DozentIn: Wiebke Ahlers
Zeiten: Di. 16:00 - 18:00 (wöchentlich)
Beschreibung: "This girl sounds like she puts a question mark at the end of every sentence!". "Dude, the way he pronounces /s/ sounds so gay!" "His th sounds more like a /d/ than anything else!" You may have heard language oriented statements like these before. Many things are easily noticeable for our ears. But how do we prove such statements? How do you research whether or not someone pronounces th? You can't rely on your ears for a scientific approach. Furthermore, it doesn't end there- when we think about what it may indicate to speak in a certain way, we approach the interesting sociolinguistic core of pronunciation. What may a certain pronunciation have to do with a person's identity and the membership in certain social groups? These questions and the complex theories behind them will be topic of my course this semester. The central aim of this course is to take your knowledge of phonology and sociolinguistics from the introduction and deepen it to an extent that allows for the empirical analysis of how sounds in language may relate to the auditory production and perception of language from a social point of view. The course will be research oriented and will enable you to design your own linguistic research project, which should be especially helpful to students approaching a bachelor thesis within the next year. However, there will also be enough scaffolding in place to also make the course suitable for 3rd semester students. Active participation as well as preparation of texts will be required for the successful completion of this course.
Feel free to check out the syllabus if you want a head start once you're signed up.
This seminar is designed for 4LP students only. Students who need to complete 2LP for the V2 module may register for Prof. Bergs "History of English" lecture. Only under certain circumstances, such as a particular interest in the topic or a provable scheduling conflict, you may approach me about completing this class for 2LP.