As part of the module Introduction to English Linguistics, this lecture introduces and explains basic terms, concepts and theories of linguistics – complementing the proseminar Introduction to ... read more
As part of the module Introduction to English Linguistics, this lecture introduces and explains basic terms, concepts and theories of linguistics – complementing the proseminar Introduction to Linguistics. In contrast to the seminar, the lecture will have a focus on the history and development of linguistic thinking. How and in which historical contexts did our modern understanding of language and of the underlying models of description emerge? And how are they motivated? To an extent, this approach will give the lecture a chronological structure. The major part of the lecture will deal with the linguistics of the past one hundred years. In the early weeks of the term however we will also discuss examples of earlier linguistic approaches, beginning with the earliest traces of linguistic thinking in European antiquity. The main aim of this lecture will be however to familiarise students with the relevant notions of linguistic thinking and linguistic analysis.
Because not all students are registered in Campus Management, there will be a special enrolment for this lecture in the first week of term. Students who cannot attend the first class are kindly asked to notify me before the beginning of the lecture period.