Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Einführung in die deutsche Sprachwissenschaft / Introduction to German linguistics

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION In this study-unit participants will be introduced to the main concepts and methods of linguistics, taking modern German as the basis for discussion. What is language? How is language structured? Linguistics is the science of language – but what does it mean to study a language (for example, German) or languages "scientifically"? How does the process of understanding a language work and what happens when we speak? What happens when people 'communicate' with the help of a language?

This study-unit will focus on the following areas of German linguistics, amongst others: semiotics, German phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics.

Einführung in die deutsche Sprachwissenschaft

In diesem Kurs erfolgt eine Einführung in die Grundlagen der sprachwissenschaftlichen Konzepte und Methoden am Beispiel der modernen deutschen Sprache. Was ist Sprache? Wie ist sie strukturiert? Sprachwissenschaft ist die Wissenschaft von der Sprache – aber was bedeutet es, Sprache oder eine bestimmte Sprache "wissenschaftlich" zu erforschen? Wie arbeitet der Prozess des Sprachverständnisses und der Produktion?

Was passiert bei der Lautproduktion und unserer Artikulation? Wie funktioniert die sprachliche Kommunikation? Im Mittelpunkt des Kurses – und immer auf die moderne deutsche Standardsprache bezogen – stehen unter anderem die Einführung in folgende Teildisziplinen der Sprachwissenschaft: die Zeichenlehre (Semiotik), die Lautlehre (Phonetik und Phonologie), die Formenlehre (die Morphologie in den Bereichen Flexion und Wortbildung), Syntax und die Bedeutungslehre (Semantik).

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to:

- introduce the main concepts and methods of German linguistics;
- create awareness about the scientific approach to language;
- strenghten the students' ability to understand structural elements of the German language.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- analyse the German language from a basic linguistic point of view;
- apply the knowledge about German linguistics to the own use of German.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- have a basic knowledge of the main concepts and methods of German linguistics;
- understand the structure of German language better.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Busch, Albert / Stenschke, Oliver: Germanistische Linguistik: Eine Einführung. Tübingen: Narr 2008.
Ernst, Peter: Germanishische Sprachwissenschaft. UTB Basics 2011.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM2 No 25%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 75%

LECTURER/S Denise Camenzuli

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