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Language and Literacy

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  • Mi 10:15-11:45, Raum A 401

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Das wissenschaftliche Seminar gehört in folgenden Studiengängen jeweils zu folgenden Modulen:

  • MA English Studies: Descriptive and Theoretical Linguistics B

  • MA Linguistik: Descriptive and Theoretical Linguistics B

  • BA English and American Studies: Hauptmodul A. (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II)

  • Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien: Hauptmodul.


Leistungen: je nach Prüfungsordnung Klausur oder Hausarbeit

Inhalt

Since the written form of language must be explicitly taught and is strongly influenced by prescriptivist notions, linguists often regard writing as an uninteresting and somewhat artificial add-on to spoken language. However, the availability of the written form influences language structure and representation in profound ways. In this course, we examine these influences at both the individual level (how individual speakers' phonological representations, lexical knowledge and grammar change as a result of learning to read and write) and at the social level (how languages with a history of literacy differ from those which do not have a written form), and discuss the implications for our understanding of what language is.