German linguistics: specific syntactic and semantic aspects

lgerm2713  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

German linguistics: specific syntactic and semantic aspects
5 credits
30.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2021-2022
Introduction to German linguistics.
Main themes
Study of German linguistics, in particular syntactical and semantic issues.

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 specific syntactic and semantic phenomena in German, have developed a knowledge in theoretical and applied linguistics, be able to present competently one of the topics of this course.
At the beginning of the course we will introduce the basic concepts of syntactic analysis. Then, we will describe central problems of German syntax and semantics and we will try to give syntactic explanations for these phenomena.
The phenomena that will be discussed are: the Passive Construction, empty Subjects and Expletives, the Double Object Construction, the Distribution of Reflexives, Reciprocals, and Pronouns, Wh-questions, Coordination Phenomena, Causative and other Infinitival Constructions, Discontinuous Constituents, Extraposition, Extraction-Islands, the Free Word Order Phenomenon and the Analysis of (In-)Definiteness and Theme/Rheme.
Evaluation methods
Presentation of one of the topics of the course and a written exam. Support. 1. Syllabus, 2. scientific articles/chapters in books, 3. a written guideline for " how to present a linguistic work ", 4. the students get aid with the workout of their presentations (content, structuring, ').
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Linguistics

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

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General