German Linguistics: Linguistic Pragmatics

lgerm2815  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

German Linguistics: Linguistic Pragmatics
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
15.0 h
Good knowledge of German (bachelor).
Main themes
Study of the use and meaning of utterances in communication and conversation. The role of pragmatic knowledge and (word and sentence) semantic knowledge in understanding language.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of the course, the students should: have developed a knowledge of German linguistics, especially a knowledge of the specific problems of linguistic pragmatics, have developed a knowledge in theoretical and applied linguistics, have acquired the competence in linguistic argumentation, be able to present competently one of the topics of this course.
We will study speech act theory, especially the theories of J. L. Austin and J. R. Searle.
The topics are: the classification of speech acts, the difference between perfomative and constative utterances, indirect speech acts. Then we will discuss the theory of conversational implicatures (P. Grice), i.e. the cooperation principle and the conversational maxims and Grices' further developed model of conversation in Sperber and Wilson's book "Relevance." Finally, we will look at the role of word and sentence semantics, in contrast to pragmatics, for a theory of meaning in language. All topics will pay special attention to spoken German. The course is a lecture that requires the student's active participation in discussions, in dealing with exercises, and in reading scientific texts. Furthermore, every student has to give a short presentation on one of the discussed topics at the end of the course.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Presentation of one of the topics of the course and a written exam.
Other information
Support. 1. Syllabus, 2. scientific articles/chapters in books, 3. a written guideline for " how to present a linguistic work ", 4. to aid the students with the workout of their presentations (content, structuring, ') during office hours.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Linguistics

Master [60] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : German, Dutch and English

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Master [60] in Modern Languages and Literatures : German, Dutch and English