The syntax of written language has been described more or less exhaustively in mainstream grammar. The grammar of spoken language, in contrast, is still too often considered to be full of flaws. In this course we will see that even in spontaneous conversation syntax is orderly and regular in its adaptation to the requirements of spoken language. Against the background of major differences between the spoken and the written medium, we will explore their consequences for producing grammar for spoken interaction. Particular emphasis will be put on the approaches of Interactional Linguistics and Construction Grammar. We will compare some of their findings on selected syntactic constructions with the descriptions traditional grammar offers. At the same time, participants will be introduced to basic concepts in the description of syntax in spoken language such as on-line syntax, turn-constructional units, projection and collaborative completion.
Literature: A reading list will be announced at the beginning of term.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Introduction to synchronic Linguistics I & II (GLin).

Das Seminar thematisiert die ästhetischen, wissenschaftlichen und nicht zuletzt politischen Strategien, die pazifische Welt seit dem 18. Jahrhundert darzustellen und fragt nach der Rolle, die dem Pazifik in Vorstellungen einer globalen Modernität zukommt. Wir untersuchen pazifische Begegnungen in den Reisebeschreibungen kolonialer Entdecker und fragen nach indigenen Perspektiven in deutsch- und englischsprachigen Texten über Hawai‘i, Papua Neuguinea und Aotearoa/Neuseeland. Das Seminar ist die Fortsetzung eines Kurses vom Wintersemester 2013/14, in dem Tahiti und Samoa im Mittelpunkt standen, der aber keine Voraussetzung für das Belegen dieser Lehrveranstaltung ist. Die Seminarsprache ist deutsch.

Australia famously considers itself as the country of the ‘fair go’ and yet heated discussions around the notion of justice continue to be fought out in the public domain. Often concerned with the legacy of Australia’s colonial past, these debates revolve around questions of obligation and recognition, reparation and restitution, reconciliation and forgiveness. Seminar sessions will address the following topics, among others: historical and present-day perspectives on the legality and legitimacy of colonisation; the debate around the Stolen Generations and the 2008 Apology; land right claims; the role of the arts in remembering and working through historical injustice, etc.

In engaging with these issues, our course will draw on a range of sources including literary texts, (feature) films, legal documents, activist interventions and scholarly writing. We will use a variety of e-learning formats, among them video conferencing, discussion forums, wikis and streamed lectures.

Enrolment for this BA course starts on 31 March 12 am here via Moodle.

Virtual Australian Studies offers BA-level courses on aspects of Australian culture, literature and history through distance learning.

This course aims to promote an understanding of the complexity of Australian national identity by providing a historical background to contemporary debates.

The `Gothic` has alternatively been interpreted as a fantasy of the threatening return of a repressed past, as an exploration of the aesthetics of fear, or as a fascination with transgression and decay. In the late Victorian period, the Gothic takes on a distinctly new shape: The demonic villain is no longer (only) the intruding foreigner from some unenlightened (`Catholic` or colonial) backwater of civilization but very much part of the self. In our seminar, we will analyze this new development by reading and thoroughly contextualizing three major classics of the genre: Robert Louis Stevenson`s `Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde` (1890), Bram Stoker`s `Dracula` (1897), and Henry James`s `The Turn of the Screw` (1898).

Robert Louis Stevenson, `Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde`
Bram Stoker, `Dracula`
Henry James`s `The Turn of the Screw`

More primary and secondary material will be made available on moodle by the beginning of the semester.

Registration: The number of participants in this course is limited to 40 students. Please use the course moodle to enrol for this class. Enrolment starts on March 31st at 12 a.m.