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Welcome, new students!

The Linguistics section of the Freie Universität’s English program would like to congratulate you on being accepted into one of the top universities in the country and thank you for choosing us!

Of course, we would like to welcome you in person to our beautiful campus in Berlin’s historic Dahlem district, but the global COVID-19 pandemic has made this impossible. Your first semester at university will take place entirely (or almost entirely) online – through video and audio conferences, blogs, forums, text chats and email.

But don’t worry – we will make sure that your start into university life will be just as interesting, inspiring and personal as it would have been under different circumstances.

In your first semester, you will take two modules – Introduction to English Linguistics and Introduction to Literary Studies. This blog is your starting point for everything related to the first of these modules – check this blog regularly several times a week, and you will always know what to do and where to be at what time!

The module consists of a lecture “Survey of Language and Linguistics” and a seminar “Introduction to Linguistics”. You are all in the same lecture, which takes place on Mondays from 14:15 to 15:45. For further information, simply click on the link “Lecture” in the menu. For the seminars, you have been divided into six groups. To find out more about your seminar, click on the course number of your seminar.

If you are confused, please feel free to send us an email at structeng@fu-berlin.de. Make sure your email contains your full name and your student-id number!

To find out a little bit more about us or to contact us personally, look at the Contact page of this blog.

If you want, you can follow us on Instagram @fu.linguistics for a mixture campus atmosphere, linguistics fun and getting to know us a little better (if you are concerned about your privacy – don’t worry, we will not follow you back or look at your instagram posts unless you specifically ask us!).

Again, welcome to the Freie Universität and have fun!

– The Linguistics group

Hi everyone,

I am offering a recap session on the 12th of March at 2:15 pm. You don’t have to register for it, just click on the following link:

https://fu-berlin.webex.com/fu-berlin/j.php?MTID=m2e23f0329b7f1ccdeaefe3b7b458d9a1

The recap session is specifically aimed at people who have to retake the tests, but of course anyone who is interested in talking about basics of linguistics is very welcome as well.

Also, if you haven’t managed to do it yet, please fill in the following feedback form: Feedback zum Semesterende – Google Formulare

Have a great term break and see you next semester 🙂

 

And now for a real conference II: StuTS is on!

Dear all,

you’ve experienced a mock conference, you’ve seen our post on the NLK, and now you’re about to read about another wondrous event in the linguistic world: Studentische Tagung Sprachwissenschaft aka StuTS!

It’s a conference organised by students for students (mainly BA & MA, but PhD-friendly as well). It takes place every semester at a different university.  And it’s a great opportunity for you to get to learn what linguistic projects are students like you working on at the moment. Moreover, if you’re particularly proud of your term paper, your thesis or another of your linguistic projects, StuTS is the place to present it to a broader audience. And last but not least – you’ll learn a lot of fascinating people!

The next StuTS will be a digital one. In May in Leipzig! Check out the website for more details such as deadlines.

This is it!

Dear all,

our introductory course to linguistics is over after fourteen weeks filled with discussions about phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, text linguistics, and historical linguistics. Great job everyone!

If you want to anonymously tell me about something you particularly liked or disliked about this session, you can do that using this feedback form.

For those of you who haven’t filled out the official evaluation form (also anonymous) for the whole seminar (17309) yet, you can do that here. You will need the following password to submit the form: Afbimwetar

As announced earlier, the resit will take place from 15 March, 12:00, to 22 March, 12:00. We will contact those of you who need to attend.

Just as during the lecture period, don’t hesitate to contact me during the term break as well if you want to talk about anything.

Enjoy the term break!

Best wishes,

Martin

How to continue with your studies

These are suggestions as to how to continue with your studies for the next two semesters. They make sense and they ensure that you keep up with the credit points required to finish your studies in six semesters, but they are only suggestions – you are free to choose any other order of modules.

The linguistics, literature and culture classes are directed at all students of English philology, regardless of whether you are a future teacher or not. They do not include any teaching-specific content. However, feel free to ask your instructors whether they have any particular advice for future teachers – some (not all) of them will be happy to take your needs into account.

If you have questions or comments, please feel free to use the comment function!

Major (Hauptfach, 90 ECTS points)

Within the next two semesters, you should complete the following modules (if you are a future teacher, you must also take Fachdidaktik courses on which I will not comment here):

  1. AM 1: Surveying English Literatures
  2. AM 2: Introduction to Cultural Studies
  3. AM 3: Medieval English Literature
  4. AM 4: Levels of Linguistic Analysis
  5. AM 5: History of English
  6. Sprachpraxis: Oral and Writing Skills 1 (and maybe even Sprachpraxis: Oral and Writing Skills 2)

If you are a more of a history nerd (i.e., you love one or all of: Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Vikings) and want to dive straight into the history of the English Language and Literature) I suggest the following:

Semester Modules
Summer 2021 AM 3: Medieval English Literature AM 5: History of English Oral and Writing Skills 1*
Winter 2021/22 AM 1: Surveying English Literatures AM 4: Levels of Linguistic Analysis AM 2: Intr. to Cultural Studies

* If you have already taken Oral and Writing Skills 1, try to get into Oral and Writing Skills 2, or take Intro. to Cultural Studies in the Summer and OWS 2 in the Winter.

If you are more interested in the present and want to get a better idea of modern English language and literature, I suggest the following:

Semester Modules
Summer 2021 AM 1: Surveying English Literatures AM 4: Levels of Linguistic Analysis Oral and Writing Skills 1*
Winter 2021/22 AM 3: Medieval English Literature AM 5: History of English AM 2: Intr. to Cultural Studies

* If you have already taken Oral and Writing Skills 1, try to get into Oral and Writing Skills 2, or take Intro. to Cultural Studies in the Summer and OWS 2 in the Winter.

If you are interested in the future (i.e., you love one of the following: Star Wars, The Expanse, Arrival), you’re largely out of luck, our cultural studies and literature professors don’t seem to be interested in the genre of Science Fiction, and linguists are very careful about predicting language change that has not happened yet. So just follow the instructions for students interested in the present (but tell me you are interested in the future of language, maybe we can get enough people together to start a discussion group…).

Core (Kernfach, 60 ECTS points)

With in the next two semesters, you should complete three of the following modules (if you are a future teacher, you must also take Fachdidaktik courses on which I will not comment here):

  1. AM 1: Surveying English Literatures
  2. AM 2: Introduction to Cultural Studies
  3. AM 3: Medieval English Literature
  4. AM 4: Levels of Linguistic Analysis
  5. AM 5: History of English

In addition, you must complete the module Sprachpraxis: Oral and Writing Skills 1.

After that, you have three semesters left to complete the other two Aufbau modules, one Vertiefung module and the Sprachpraxis modules Oral and Writing Skills 2 and Mediating Skills.

If you are a more of a history nerd (i.e., you love one or all of: Merlin, The Tudors, Monty Python and the Holy Grail) and want to dive straight into the history of the English Language and Literature) I suggest the following:

Semester Modules
Summer 2021 AM 5: History of English Oral and Writing Skills 1*
Winter 2021/22 AM 3: Medieval English Literature AM 2: Intr. to Cultural Studies

* If you have already taken Oral and Writing Skills 1, try to get into Oral and Writing Skills 2, or take Intro. to Cultural Studies in the Summer and OWS 2 in the Winter.

If you live in the present moment and want to get a better idea of modern English language and literature, I suggest the following:

Semester Modules
Summer 2021 AM 4: Levels of Linguistic Analysis Oral and Writing Skills 1*
Winter 2021/22 AM 1: Surveying English Literatures AM 2: Intr. to Cultural Studies

* If you have already taken Oral and Writing Skills 1, try to get into Oral and Writing Skills 2, or take Intro. to Cultural Studies in the Summer and OWS 2 in the Winter.

If you are interested in the future (i.e., you love one of the following: Star Trek, Blade Runner, Avatar), you’re largely out of luck, our cultural studies and literature professors don’t seem to be interested in the genre of Science Fiction, and linguists are very careful about predicting language change that has not happened yet. So just follow the instructions for students interested in the present (but tell me you are interested in the future of language, maybe we can get enough people together to start a discussion group…).

Minor (Nebenfach, 30 ECTS-Points)

You will only study two of the following modules, so choose carefully!

  1. AM 1: Surveying English Literatures
  2. AM 2: Introduction to Cultural Studies
  3. AM 3: Medieval English Literature
  4. AM 4: Levels of Linguistic Analysis
  5. AM 5: History of English

If you are more interested in literature and culture, I suggest the following:

Semester Modules
Summer 2021 AM 1: Surveying English Literatures
Winter 2021/22 AM 2: Intr. to Cultural Studies

If you are more interested in language and culture, I suggest the following:

Semester Modules
Summer 2021 AM 4: Levels of Linguistic Analysis
Winter 2021/22 AM 2: Intr. to Cultural Studies

If you are more interested in the past, I suggest the following (however, it will be difficult to follow these classes without any additional background in linguistics and literary studies, so you might want to switch to studying English as a Major):

Semester Modules
Summer 2021 AM 5: History of English
Winter 2021/22 AM 3: Medieval English Literature

Primary School Teaching (Grundschulpädagogik, 30 ECTS points)

Grundschulpädagogik is a separate program of studies offered by the Dahlem School of Education, so please follow their rules and suggestions before you follow mine.

Roughly speaking, all Grundschulpädagogik students must complete the following modules (in addition to Fachdidaktik modules on which I will not comment here):

  1. AM 1: Surveying English Literatures
  2. AM 2: Introduction to Cultural Studies
  3. Oral and Writing Skills I plus

So I suggest that you focus on those modules for the next two semesters.

After that, if English is your Vertiefungsfach, you must complete all of the following:

  1. AM 3: Medieval English Literature
  2. AM 4: Levels of Linguistic Analysis
  3. AM 5: History of English

If English is not your Vertiefungsfach, you must choose two of them. The choice is up to you, but let me say that I strongly recommend that you choose AM 4: Levels of Linguistic Analysis as one of your modules – especially in primary school, it is important to have a good understanding of language structures, while the History of English and Medieval English Literature come up very rarely in this context! If you follow this recommendation, please let your instructor(s) in linguistics know that you are future primary school teachers, most of us will be happy to try to address your particular interests in some way!

Poster presentation — you’re invited!

Dear all,

My “Levels” students are preparing academic posters on their term-paper projects, to be presented this coming Thursday from 10 o’clock. Everyone interested in what we do in “Levels” and what a term-paper project can look like is invited to join the presentation and discussion.

Where: On Blackboard. Please find a course called “PHILGEIST_Ue_17336_20W: POSTER PRESENTATION Levels Grammar WiSe20/21” and self-enroll. 🙂 You’ll be taken directly to the discussion board where the posters are going to be.

When: Thursday, Feb 18, 2021, from 10 o’clock. Five-minute video presentations will be up on Wednesday already, so if you can’t make Thursday, stop by in your own time, have a look, and don’t hesitate to leave feedback/comments/questions!

Feel free to share this and pass on the invitation. All are welcome!

EDIT: There will be a live discussion as well, forgot to say that. Thursday (tomorrow!), 10-12, my Webex room.

And now for a real conference: NLK is on!

NLK-logoDear all,

A few years ago, in 2017, my colleagues Susanne Chrambach, Martin Konvicka and I hosted the 18th Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium at this department. (Martin, do you have some pictures? Yes, Martin does have some pictures!) Alexander and Shuk Han gave talks, and so did Professors Anatol Stefanowitsch and Ferdinand von Mengden, so we were almost all of us in it together it seems. 🙂 The NLK is a linguistics conference series where young researchers meet in a casual atmosphere and present their work, for instance the projects for their master’s or PhD theses. We had two wonderful days with lots of linguistics (and good food as well) and we enjoy thinking back to it.

This year, NLK is hosted by students in Oldenburg, online of course, and you’re all invited! It’s a great opportunity to listen to lots of talks, meet other people who love languages and see how conferences work, even if you do not have anything to present yourselves (yet). Here’s the announcement.

They also have a poster presentation, which is great because if you decide to take “Levels” or “History” with me next semester, you’ll have to present a poster, so it can’t hurt to see what they look like. 🙂

In a nutshell: You should all go!