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Summer Term 2020


Prof. Dr. Christiane Bongartz 

The multilingual experience - linguistic and social aspects of mobility (VL) (Thursday 12:00 to 13:30) 
Mobility in the age of digital information has become a more complex term: it includes movement of individuals for personal or professional reasons, movement of larger groups of people because of dislocation and war, as well as virtual mobility in social media networks. In this lecture class, we will explore various scenarios of mobility and focus on the role of language/s/ing in our selected contexts. We will discuss notions such as investment, identity, and value and ask questions about how to switch from a monolingual orientation in society and education to more adequate epistemes of multilingual development. 
An important concern of our work in this lecture class will be the reflection on personal attitudes and ideologies about multilingualism.

Mobility and multilingualism (HS) (Thursdays 10 - 11:30 in S 12)
In this graduate seminar, we will explore linguistic dimensions of mobility as it unfolds in various contexts (immigration, dislocation, personal life trajectories). We will look at issues pertinent to multilingual language acquisition, language learning, language commodification, and linguistic economy. Class will begin with an exposition of the community of Aït Ben-Haddou in Morocco. Students will then prepare group presentation with a relevant focus of their own choice.

Linguistics and language learning (Wednesdays 12:00 – 13:30 in S 82)  
This Prüfungskolloquium will focus on oral and written presentation of linguistic data (especially term paper writing and oral exams). Exam candidates are encouraged to enroll. Due to the open format, the readings can come from a variety of approaches: descriptive linguistics (especially semantics and pragmatics), applied linguistics, first language and bilingual development, literacy development, and language disorders.

Because of social distancing, our class focus will be on reading and thinking together by doing a lot of commenting on the texts we read and on the issues people bring up in their comments. Those of you who know me from previous classes will know that I am a firm believer in the relevance of context to any kind of human interaction; hence, I struggle with the notion of a virtual classroom. The syllabus and activities presented on ILIAS take into consideration that on-line learning presents students with a different set of demands than regular classroom instructions (this is also true for instructors ☺). Each week, we will read one text together; either a book chapter or a research article. I will post questions for discussion for each of the readings, and I will provide feedback on student comments.

Think of the class as an on-going conversation and chime in when you can.


Dr. Maria Andreou

Bilingualism and Language Disorders (MS)

After an overview of the recent literature on the language and cognitive abilities of the bilinguals’ language, a large part of the course will be devoted to investigating the role of literacy and how it affects language and cognitive abilities in bilingual children. We will also discuss language disorders in young monolingual and bilingual children, examining ways in which these disorders match with theories of language in general and of language acquisition in particular. 


Natalia Nannou (M.A)

Introduction to Linguistics 03 (EFS) (Wednesdays 10-11:30 in S 22) 
This course provides a general introduction to English linguistics. The main focus will lie on the different descriptive levels of language - phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Furthermore, we will take a look at the acquisition of language.
Students may obtain credit for this course by active participation (including the preparatory reading for each session and revision of the discussed material), and a number of homework assignments.

This course will NOT be offered via Zoom or Skype or any other type of video-call session. The material will be uploaded each week (Wednesdays) to ILIAS. Please check the course folder on ILIAS for any updates.


Please note: A letter of recommendation can only be issued after completion of at least one class. Issuing will take approximately 3 weeks.