Vorlesungs- und Lehrendenverzeichnis

WiSe 2017/18

MSK 2: Little Words That Matter: Particles, Conjunctions, and Response Tokens in Interaction

Uwe KĂĽttner | Mi 10 - 12 Uhr | Raum: 1.09.1.15 | Erste Veranstaltung: 18.10.2017

PULS

IMPORTANT: This course can only be taken in conjunction with Dagmar Barth-Weingarten’s course "MSK 1: Investigating Interaction - Basic Concepts and Methods" or with Margret Selting’s course "MSK 1: Mündliche Kommunikation, Gesprächsanalyse und Interaktionale Linguistik: Theoretische Grundlagen und Forschungsergebnisse" at the German Department (the latter option is only possible for students in FSL & KoVaMe). Students in the teacher trainee program with "Schwerpunkt Sek II" would have to take the "pass/fail" Testat in Dagmar Barth-Weingarten’s course and the graded “Modulprüfung” in this course.

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“uh huh…yeah…oh well”

Not too long ago, response tokens and responsive particles like the above were almost completely neglected in linguistic inquiry. They were simply relegated to the wastebasket category of “conversational grunts” and disregarded from linguistic analysis altogether.

Similarly, conjunctions like “and”, “but”, “so”, “because” etc. did not receive a lot of analytic attention either. Syntactically, they were treated as parts of the somewhat “negligible” left periphery of clauses, and at best they were analyzed with respect to the different logico-semantic relations they establish between clauses when used to link them together to form complex sentences.

However, these little words matter. They are part and parcel of our daily conduct, and they fulfill extremely important social, pragmatic, and interactional functions in spoken interaction. They are the “seen-but-unnoticed” grease for the interactional engine. Like gravity, they are so natural and self-evident to us that we sometimes tend to forget about their existence, despite being surrounded by them (and even using them ourselves) all the time.

In this course, we will explore some of the ways in which these little words matter in spoken interaction. Using Conversation Analytic (CA) & Interactional Linguistic (IL) methods, we will investigate which social, pragmatic, and/or interactional functions they can fulfill and how they help us to manage certain recurrent interactional tasks.

Literatur

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Leistungspunkterwerb

Students are required to make regular active contributions to the course and to participate in a small-scale guided research project on a particular aspect relating to the course topic. The research project will have to be documented in a commented research log.

Studiengänge und Module

LPSWSbenotet
ML Englisch 2013
  262812 
Seminar mit ModulprĂĽfung, ANG_MA_012 Vertiefungsmodul Linguistik Englisch
4
2
ja
MT Fremdsprachenlinguistik 2011
  2131 
Pragmatik, Englisch: Vertiefungsmodul Text- und Diskurslinguistik
3
2
ja
  2133 
Diskurslinguistik, Englisch: Vertiefungsmodul Text- und Diskurslinguistik
3
2
ja
  5132 
KOL: Struktur- und Funktionsanalyse gesprochener Interaktion, Sprache in Erwerb und Kommunikation: Analyse und Beschreibung mĂĽndlicher Kommunikation
3
2
ja
MT Linguistik: Kommunikation - Variation - Mehrsprachigkeit 2012
  1022 
Seminar, MSK 2, M2 MĂĽndliche und schriftliche Kommunikation (MSK)
3
2
nein

Kontakt

Universität Potsdam
Philosophische Fakultät
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam

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