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Little words that matter: particles in interaction - Einzelansicht

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SWS 2 Semester WiSe 2021/22
Einrichtung Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik   Sprache englisch
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Belegungsfrist 01.10.2021 - 10.11.2021

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Seminar Fr 12:00 bis 14:00 wöchentlich 29.10.2021 bis 18.02.2022  Online.Veranstaltung Dr. phil. Williams 24.12.2021: Akademische Weihnachtsferien
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“uh huh…yeah…oh well”

Not too long ago, response tokens and responsive particles like the above were almost completely neglected in linguistic inquiry. They were simply relegated to the wastebasket category of “conversational grunts” and disregarded from linguistic analysis altogether.

Similarly, conjunctions like “and”, “but”, “so”, “because” etc. did not receive a lot of analytic attention either. Syntactically, they were treated as parts of the somewhat “negligible” left periphery of clauses, and at best they were analyzed with respect to the different logico-semantic relations they establish between clauses when used to link them together to form complex sentences.

However, these little words matter. They are part and parcel of our daily conduct, and they fulfill extremely important social, pragmatic, and interactional functions in spoken interaction. They are the “seen-but-unnoticed” grease for the interactional engine. Like gravity, they are so natural and self-evident to us that we sometimes tend to forget about their existence, despite being surrounded by them (and even using them ourselves) all the time.

In this course, we will explore some of the ways in which these little words matter in spoken interaction. Using Conversation Analytic (CA) & Interactional Linguistic (IL) methods, we will investigate which social, pragmatic, and/or interactional functions they can fulfill and how they help us to manage certain recurrent interactional tasks.

Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester WiSe 2021/22 , Aktuelles Semester: SoSe 2024