This course will explore the historical development as well as the linguistic features of different varieties of English spoken in the British Isles, including varieties of English English, Irish English, Scottish English and Welsh English. We will identify and compare the main linguistic characteristics of these varieties with the help of available literature, authentic texts, corpora, recordings and audiovisual material.

The aim of this introductory course is to provide students with basic knowledge of the field of English linguistics and its subdisciplines, especially phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. The focus in this course is both theoretical and practical. Students are advised to read the preparatory text below in advance. There will be a final exam at the end of the course.


Preparatory Reading: Bieswanger, Markus & Annette Becker. 2017. Introduction to English Linguistics. 4th edition. Tübingen: Francke.

This course covers a variety of aspects related to linguistic fieldwork, such as different data gathering

and elicitation techniques, including their respective advantages and disadvantages, the various roles

of the fieldworker, organization of data and metadata, and ethical as well as legal issues related to all

of the above.

This course is meant to give students an opportunity to develop and discuss their project work papers (Projektseminar, BA Anglistik/Amerikanistik B3) as well as their final thesis projects (Bachelor thesis, MA thesis, Zulassungsarbeit) in English linguistics. – Please note: This is not the exam preparation class for the written Lehramt Staatsexamen (please attend the class specifically designed for StEx candidates).

This course is going to introduce students to the study of Conversation Analysis (CA). The field aims at investigating language use in talk-in-interaction, and it assumes that social interaction is guided by certain norms and rules. We will look at the mechanisms involved in this process and the tools needed for examining conversation. This course will, therefore, combine theory and practice: Basic concepts of conversation, such as turn-taking, floor, sequence, overlaps, interruptions, etc. will be the focus of this seminar. Furthermore, students will be confronted with issues of data collection, transcription and analysis.

In this seminar, we will deal with important aspects of second language acquisition (in particular of foreign language acquisition) as well as different language teaching methodologies. The two will be linked: the implications of findings from SLA studies for language teaching and the theoretical assumptions the existing language teaching methodologies are based on. We will not only examine relevant theories and methods, but also studies of learner characteristics and how they contribute to the field of foreign language teaching. Furthermore, we will discuss first language acquisition and bilingualism in order to receive a clear overview of the topic of language learning.

Please note: This class can be helpful for students preparing for Staatsexamen Lehramt.