We teach topics from the whole range of English Linguistics, with special attention to discourse studies, pragmatics and the history of the English language. In our teaching, we emphasise analysing actual language use (empirical linguistics), aiming at appropriately integrating data with theory (such as functional, cognitive or language-change theories). Learning and practicising methods of linguistic analysis is thus an important part of our courses. Needless to say, our research interests also inform our teaching.

We offer courses for the following Studiengänge: Lehramt, BA and MA English Studies, BA and MA ANIS, as well as for the MA Ethik der Textkulturen.

Our current Courses

Guest Lecturer Summer Term - Dr. Ewa Jonsson

We are pleased to announce that the visiting lecturer Dr. Ewa Jonsson from the University of Uppsala will hold a seminar in the upcoming summer term.

Her seminar on Register Variation in English will take place

from 19th to 20th of April 2018, 9:00 - 17:30, in room D 1009
from 18th to 19th of June 2018, 9:00 - 17:30, in room D 1009
on 20th of June 2018, 9:00 - 11:30, in room D 1009
on 20th of June 2018, 11:30 - 17:30, in room D 2106

at the University of Augsburg.

Course description:

In different situations, we use language for different communicative purposes, employing different structural patterns. The study of register variation focuses on how language varies systematically according to situation of use. Linguistic features characteristic of conversation (e.g. discourse particles, second person pronouns and contractions, as in “Well, you’re great!”), for instance, may be rare in research papers and official documents but found in registers such as narrative fiction and SMS text messages. In this course, you will learn to describe texts (both spoken and written) from different registers by studying their lexico-grammatical patterns and situational contexts. For this, we will use a foundational tool called multi-dimensional analysis. You will be introduced to the tool via hands-on practice and eventually analyze text(s) of your own choice.

For further information please visit her homepage.

Previous Courses