Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE GRM2055

 
TITLE Sprachkontakt und Sprachwandel / Language contact and language change

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT German

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit deals with important areas of German sociolinguistics and the history of the language, including intercultural issues. Topics of German socio-linguistics concerning diachronic and synchronic aspects are, for instance, varieties of speech (such as dialects), routing varieties (prevalent forms of speech), language changes and the connections between linguistic and socio-cultural processes. As long as a language is still written and spoken it is changing constantly.

Language contact between different language groups, societies and nations is a decisive factor for language change and constitutes a primary area of interest in sociolinguistics. The concepts of “language contact” and “language change” give linguists the opportunity to connect and link the analysis of linguistic aspects to cultural, social and political phenomena. The development of language can thus be related to social values, norms and contents of awareness.

Each participant will give a brief presentation on a chosen aspect of the course topic.

Das Seminar verbindet sprachgeschichtliche mit soziolinguistischen Phänomenen, berührt aber auch interkulturelle Aspekte. Zum Gegenstand der Sprachwissenschaft des Deutschen gehören diachrone und synchrone Phänomene wie die Ausbildung von Varietäten (Dialekten, Idiolekten. Soziolekten etc.) und Leitvarietäten (Standardsprachen), Sprachwandel sowie die enge Verflechtung sprachlicher und soziokultureller Prozesse durch Kommunikation. Jede Sprache wandelt sich im Verlauf ihrer Entwicklung - ein Prozess, der zu keinem Ende kommt, solange die Sprache gesprochen und geschrieben wird.

Der Kontakt zwischen Sprechergemenschaften, sei es regionaler, nationaler oder internationaler Provenienz, ist ein entscheidender Faktor für Sprachwandel und ein ganz zentraler Aspekt der Soziolinguistik. Die Begriffe Sprachkontakt und Sprachwandel ermöglichen es, linguistische mit soziologischen, politischen und kulturellen Faktoren in Verbindung zu setzen. So lassen die Entwicklung der Sprache und der Grad und Ausbau von Sprachkontakten auf die Veränderung gesellschaftlicher Werte, Normen und Bewusstseinsinhalte in den jeweiligen Kulturen schließen.

Einzelne Aspekte sollen in kürzeren Referaten durch die Teilnehmer/-innen vorgestellt und diskutiert werden.

Study-unit Aims:

To provide students with an introductory knowledge on the context of language, society and history, an important approach of linguistics focussing mainly on historical, (inter-)cultural and sociopolitical questions.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- know different research methods and interpretations of the phenomenon of language change, for instance the idea of the "invisible hand" by Rudi Keller;
- get a more profound awareness of the fact that and how the German language was and is deeply influenced not only by other languages (loan words) but also by inner grammatical and lexematical transformations and by historical and current contacts to other languages such as English and French;
- understand and have improved their language and research skills.

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

- assess and analyze the processes of the formation and structuring of a language twofold historically and systematically;
- master a longer written study in German Linguistics;
- connect social-historical with political and cultural factors and phenomena, therefore to relate the development of language to social values, norms and contents awareness.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Gerhart Wolff: Deutsche Sprachgeschichte von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart: Ein Studienbuch. Uni-Taschenbuch, UTB-Verlag, 2004 (ISBN 3-825-21581-4)
Damaris Nübling: Historische Sprachwissenschaft des Deutschen: Eine Einführung in die Prinzipien des Sprachwandels. Tübingen: Narr 2007 (ISBN 3-823-36375-1)
Rudi Keller: Sprachwandel: Von der unsichtbaren Hand in der Sprache. Tübingen: UTB-Verlag 2003 (ISBN 3-825-21567-9)
Claudia Maria Riehl: Sprachkontaktforschung. Eine Einführung. Tübingen: Narr 2009 (ISBN 3-823-36469-3)
Werner König: dtv - Atlas deutsche Sprache. Taschenbuch,DTV-Verlag, 16. Aufl. 2004 (ISBN 3-423-03025-9)

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: Successful participation in an introductory course on German linguistics and Sociolinguistics

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Seminar

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 50%
Presentation (20 Minutes) SEM2 Yes 50%
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LECTURER/S Elisabeth Birk

 
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