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VARIATION IN MODERN GERMAN LANGUAGE - CRITICAL LEXIS
The course is a 6-credits-course consisting of a theoretical module of 36 hours (held in the 2nd semester).
Prof. Spazzarini, Serena (part I, 12 ore) / prof. Gerdes, Joachim (part II, 24 ore)
After a successful participation students will have a good command of the different language varieties of contemporary German language
- target of the course is to familiarize students with general knowledge about language variation and recent tendencies of contemporary German language.
- a further target of the course is a more profound study of some essential language varieties such as national standard varieties, diatopic, diastratic and diaphasic varieties, youth speech and other special languages used in German speaking areas.
- target of the course is furthermore to familiarize students with lexical phenomena such as controversial, incriminated, obsolete and innovative lexemes and teach them how to analyze semantic aspects of words in a critical approach.
- After a successful participation students will have a good command of the different language varieties of contemporary German language
- Having participated successfully in the course students will be able to operate identification, classification and analysis of synchronic linguistic varieties of recent German.
- After the participation students will be able to cope with critical analyses of any kind of specific lexicon applying language corpora in the web.
- Aim of the class is to familiarize students with the most important methods of corpus linguistics used to investigate on lexis and grammatical structure of contemporary German language.
Language level B2 in German language is required for participation.
The theory lecture (German Linguistics, 36 two hours teaching units) starts in February 2024.
In the class students will familiarize with fundamental knowledge about national, diatopic, diastratic and diaphasic variaties of German language, as well as about the influence of contact languages and discrepancies between colloquial speech and German standard language in the recent tendencies of present German language. Furthermore there will be put a focus on the phenomenon of individual and social multilingualism.
In the second part of the class students will familiarize with knowledge about different lexical phenomena of the German language such as lexemes that are “explosive” for political, social or cultural reasons, politically incorrect words, words that are “spoiled” because of historical semantic connotations, obsolete, outmoded or extinct words, as well as new, innovative, creative and trendy neologisms and occasionalisms. In the lectures the use of linguistic corpora for semantic and statistic studies will be introduced in order to research the collocations and frequency of the analyzed lexicon. Furthermore, there will be put a focus on the influence of contact languages and discrepancies between colloquial speech and German standard language and on the phenomenon of ideological language and its characteristics.
The program of the exams is valid according to the study regulations until February 2025. Tha program is valid as well for students that will not attend class lessons. Bibliographical informations and other material will be published in Aulaweb.
Further bibliographical and didactic material will be provided during the semester (Aulaweb).
2nd semester (February 2024)
The theory lessons will be concluded by: 1) a written exam (Prof.ssa Spazzarini, 2/3 Questions) and 2) an oral exam (Prof. Gerdes), in which the arguments treated during the class will be asked about. During the exam the students have to provide evidence of their profound knowledge of the arguments dealt with during the lessons, the designed texts and the materials published in Aulaweb. Exam inscription on the Website of Genoa University (www.unige.it) at the link „servizi online per gli studenti“
The exam can be recognized as obligatory exam in Linguistics (A or B language) in the master course in “Translation and Interpretation” LM 94 as an optional exam (esame a scelta) in the master course in “Modern languages and literatures for cultural services” LM37/38.
The exam is equivalent to 6 credit points.
Lessons will be held in German language.
Students with certifications:
Students with certification of learning or other disabilities should inform the instructor at the beginning of the course in order to make arrangements for possible accommodations.