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Prosody saves lives. Depending on how you utter the syntactic string let’s eat grandma, you either invite your female ancestor to have a meal or you invite someone else to have your grandma as a meal. To save all grandmothers out there, this advanced course will focus on the interplay of prosody and syntax in interaction. We will see that prosody - while somewhat neglected in linguistic study - is perhaps even the more important area of the two, as it often determines the size of the syntactic unit at hand and its meaning. This helps participants in talk-in-interaction to know when to say something, but it is of course also relevant for people who study and describe language structure and use professionally. Needless to say that how something is said also influences what is to be said next.
In the course, students will not only deepen their knowledge on (spoken-language) syntax but also gain an understanding of basic prosodic-phonetic parameters (pitch, tempo, loudness etc.) and their role in talk-in-interaction. We will examine how participants employ syntax and prosody to accomplish action(s). This includes both a review of selected relevant literature as well as pilot hands-on analyses. This course will enable students to start their own, independent research on spoken language, e.g. in the second linguistics course in the Ang_MA_026 module and in connection with a writing course which helps students with their module paper. Parallel participation in all three courses is thus highly recommended.
ANG_MA_026 (S1) (4LP): individual transcript and analysis (max. 5 pages)
KVM SBSS (3 LP): individual transcript and analysis (max. 1 page)
FSL V1lin Phon/Pros, Synt; V2lin Pragm, Diskursling (3 LP): individual transcript and analysis (max. 1 page)
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