Basisvorlesung English Linguistics II



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Due to the latest COVID-19 regulations, winter term classes shall, if possible, be taught in presence again. The first session, however, will be online. The further procedure will be discussed during the first session.

The Basisvorlesung English Linguistics II belongs to the following modules in the indicated degree programs:

  • BA English and American Studies: Basismodul Linguistics|. (No requirements but previous attendance of GS strongly recommended.)
  • Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien: Basismodul |Linguistics. (No requirements but previous attendance of GS strongly recommended.)

NB In the degree programs BA and L-Gym, the Aufbauseminar| and the |Basisvorlesung| are examined in a joint written end-of-semester test. Therefore, these courses must be attended in the same semester. Since this lecture is part of the |Aufbauseminar there is no need to register for it

Erasmus students who wish to take a seperate exam on the contents of this lecture need to contact Barbara Gabel-Cunningham in January.


This lecture deals with aspects of modern linguistics and provides an introduction to modern linguistics, especially corpus linguistics and . cognitive aspects of the study of language. A focus will be put on topics such as: - why we know so much more about the nature of language than we did fifty years ago - how language and cognition are related - how we imagine language to be a network of constructions - how children learn language.