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Winter Term 20/21


Prof. Dr. Christiane Bongartz 


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.

Unusual language acquisition (VL) 

This lecture class looks into contexts of language acquisition that may be somewhat less familiar. We will see examples of multilingual language learning, language mixing, and translanguaging, and we will take a critical look at some of the terminology used to categorize and classify speakers.

Readings in Morphosyntax (OS)

This is an advanced seminar where you will work on preparing an annotated bibliography based on your own reading lists.
We will be dealing with readings from morphology and syntax, and your contributions should focus on theoretical underpinnings, as well as relevant examples from the English language.

Linguistics and language learning (KO)

This Prüfungskolloquium will focus on oral and written presentation of linguistic data (especially term paper writing and oral exams). Students who are planning to take their "Modulabschlussprüfung" with me are encouraged to enroll. You will exchange ideas and materials (such as reading lists to be worked with for an oral exam, term paper drafts, bibliographies, recorded presentations, or other work of your choice). By sharing and commenting you will discover the scope and expectations, as well as the opportunities involved in the different types of exam formats.

Multilingual communities (HS) 

In this advanced seminar, we will look into the socio-linguistic organization of a variety fo speech communities. We will take particular care to look into the terminology used to describe these communities and explore the stance of the researchers doing the descriptions.

Prof. Bongartz and Dr. Maria Andreou

Structural aspects of language learning (HS) 

The goal of the seminar is to see how bilingual cognition and bilingual profiency are mutually interdependent. Focusing on referring expressions, we will explore the available evidence.


Vasileia Skrimpa (M.A)

Introduction to Linguistics 02 (EFS) 
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.



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