Vorlesungs- und Lehrendenverzeichnis

SoSe 2019

Questions about Questions

Uwe KĂĽttner

PULS

“It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.” (Eugene Ionescoin)

Questions are an almost ubiquitous and somewhat inescapable component of much of our daily lives. Whether in everyday talk, in courtroom hearings, in lectures, seminars and examinations, QUESTIONS ARE EVERYWHERE. You use them when texting your friends via WhatsApp on your iPhone, when beginning to flirt with your crush on a romantic occasion and to propose to him/her later on (if all goes well), or to demand explanations after a painful break-up (if all goes wrong).
These few examples alone show that questions are perhaps the most powerful device that language provides us with for socially interacting with each other.

In this course, we will examine these powerful social objects.
We will begin with really basic issues about their linguistic form, such as:

- How do we form questions in English?
- Which major types of questions exist/can we distinguish in English?
- How do these types differ from each other in terms of their syntactic and semantic features?

We will then look at features that are taken to be typical of questions, such as a particular pitch movement or intonation (sometimes even straightforwardly called “question intonation”).

Finally, we will try to take a more pragmatic perspective and see what we can DO with/by asking questions, what actions we can perform with them?

As you see, there are a number of questions about questions. It’s about time we address them, because "The only stupid question is the one that is not asked."

Literatur

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Leistungspunkterwerb

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Studiengänge und Module

LPSWSbenotet
ML Englisch 2008
  3701 
Sprachwissenschaftliche Analyse, Vertiefungsmodul Sprachwissenschaftliche Analyse
3
2
ja
ML Englisch 2013
  262615 
Sprachwissenschaft (Testat), ANG_MA_010 Fachwissenschaftliches Vertiefungsmodul Englisch
3
2
nein
  262616 
Sprachwissenschaft (ModulprĂĽfung), ANG_MA_010 Fachwissenschaftliches Vertiefungsmodul Englisch
3
2
ja
  262811 
Seminar mit Testat, ANG_MA_012 Vertiefungsmodul Linguistik Englisch
2
2
nein
  262812 
Seminar mit ModulprĂĽfung, ANG_MA_012 Vertiefungsmodul Linguistik Englisch
4
2
ja
MT Fremdsprachenlinguistik 2011
  2123 
Syntax, Englisch: Vertiefungsmodul Systemlinguistik
3
2
ja
  2131 
Pragmatik, Englisch: Vertiefungsmodul Text- und Diskurslinguistik
3
2
ja
MT Linguistik: Kommunikation - Variation - Mehrsprachigkeit 2012
  1051 
Vorlesung/Seminar, M5 Sprachbeschreibung und Sprachsystem
3
2
nein
  1052 
Vorlesung/Seminar, M5 Sprachbeschreibung und Sprachsystem
3
2
nein
  1053 
Vorlesung/Seminar, M5 Sprachbeschreibung und Sprachsystem
3
2
nein
  1061 
(Projekt-)Seminar, M6 Forschungs- und Projektarbeit
3
2
ja

Kontakt

Universität Potsdam
Philosophische Fakultät
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam

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