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Full semester courses


At the University of Vienna:

Spring 2020:
Anglizismen im öffentlichen Raum in Österreich (MA seminar; virtual teaching)

Level: graduate

Topics: The central topic and content of this Master Seminar is sociolinguistic fieldwork in application to language attitude research in the context of the Viennese linguistic landscape.
Language attitudes (social and evaluative associations of language use) are an important component in interactional meaning-making. In this seminar, we explore their impact in the context of language choice on written signage in public space.
On the foundation of an introduction to the theory and methods of sociolinguistic language attitude research, this course culminates in the design and implementation of questionnaire-based fieldwork projects carried out in work groups, under close supervision of the lecturer.

Main class readings:
- Soukup, Barbara. 2019. Sprachreflexion und Kognition: Theorien und Methoden der Spracheinstellungsforschung. In: Gerd Antos, Thomas Niehr, and Jürgen Spitzmüller (eds.), Handbuch Sprache im Urteil der Öffentlichkeit, 83-106. Berlin: de Gruyter.
- Hussy, Walter, Margrit Schreier, and Gerald Echterhoff. 2013. Forschungsmethoden in Psychologie und Sozialwissenschaften für Bachelor. 2., überarbeitete Auflage. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer. 
- Ziegler, Evelyn,
Heinz Eickmans, Ulrich Schmitz, Haci-Halil Uslucan, David H. Gehne, Sebastian Kurtenbach, Tirza Mühlan-Meyer, and Irmi Wachendorff. 2018. Metropolenzeichen: Atlas zur visuellen Mehrsprachigkeit der Metropole Ruhr. Duisburg: Universitätsverlag Rhein-Ruhr.



Fall 2019:
Spracheinstellungen in der Wiener Sprachlandschaft (MA seminar)

Level:
graduate

Topics: The central topic and content of this Master Seminar is sociolinguistic fieldwork in application to language attitude research in the context of the Viennese linguistic landscape.
Language attitudes (social and evaluative associations of language use) are an important component in interactional meaning-making. In this seminar, we explore their impact in the context of language choice on written signage in public space.
On the foundation of an introduction to the theory and methods of sociolinguistic language attitude research, this course culminates in the design and implementation of questionnaire-based fieldwork projects carried out in work groups, under close supervision of the lecturer.

Main class readings:
- Soukup, Barbara. 2019. Sprachreflexion und Kognition: Theorien und Methoden der Spracheinstellungsforschung. In: Gerd Antos, Thomas Niehr, and Jürgen Spitzmüller (eds.), Handbuch Sprache im Urteil der Öffentlichkeit, 83-106. Berlin: de Gruyter.
- Hussy, Walter, Margrit Schreier, and Gerald Echterhoff. 2013. Forschungsmethoden in Psychologie und Sozialwissenschaften für Bachelor. 2., überarbeitete Auflage. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer. 
- Ziegler, Evelyn,
Heinz Eickmans, Ulrich Schmitz, Haci-Halil Uslucan, David H. Gehne, Sebastian Kurtenbach, Tirza Mühlan-Meyer, and Irmi Wachendorff. 2018. Metropolenzeichen: Atlas zur visuellen Mehrsprachigkeit der Metropole Ruhr. Duisburg: Universitätsverlag Rhein-Ruhr.



Spring 2016:
English in Vienna (seminar)

Level: upper/under

Topics: The focus of this course is the empirical exploration of the status and role of the English language in Viennese public space, i.e., in what can be called the 'linguistic landscape' (LL) of Vienna. Empirical methods are applied in hands-on field investigations of the object of study.
Students complete group field work projects that establish and describe forms of the presence of English in the Viennese LL. For data collection, students take photographs of LL signs in designated survey areas in Vienna. Data collection and analysis are guided by the research methodology, designs, and rationale of the ongoing FWF-project 'English in the Linguistic Landscape of Vienna, Austria (ELLViA)' – (see http://homepage.univie.ac.at/barbara.soukup/ellvia.html).

Main class reading:
Backhaus, Peter. 2007. Linguistic landscapes: A comparative study of urban multilingualism in Tokyo. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.



Fall 2013, Spring 2014:

Sociolinguistics and School

Level: graduate

Topics: This course is specifically tailored to students in the UF Englisch program. Its purpose is to make more explicitly visible the links between the research field of sociolinguistics and the profession and practice of teaching at Austrian high schools. The focus is on exploring (1) how knowledge of sociolinguistics may provide a scaffold for teachers' personal ethos and instructing persona and (2) how a basic knowledge of sociolinguistics can be 'taught' to high school students and to what benefit. The topic of multilingualism is of particular concern.

Main class reading:
Spolsky, Bernard. 1998. Sociolinguistics. Oxford Introductions to Language Study. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.



F'2010, S'2011, F'2011, S'2012, F'2012, S'2013, F'2013, S'2014:

Approaching English Linguistics

Level: undergraduate

Topics: This lecture course is specifically designed for and tailored to a student audience that attends this class in the framework of the new Erweiterungscurriculum 'The World of English 1'. It provides students with a basic introduction to key concepts and terminology within the study of the English language from a linguistic perspective. Topics covered include: the history of English, the sounds of English, variation in the English language, English around the world, sign language, language and the mind, language attitudes, language policy.

Main class readings:
- Bauer, Laurie, and Peter Trudgill. 1998. Language Myths. London: Penguin.
- Yule, George. 2010. The Study of Language. 4th edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.




F'2012, F'2013, S'2014:

Proseminar Linguistics 1

Level: undergraduate

Topics: Building on the introductory module (STEOP), this course discusses the basics and ethics of academic writing and research methodology, with the help of hands-on examples from English linguistics. Students apply some of the methods introduced in the course to real language data and present the findings of their projects in class.



S'
2013:
English in Vienna

Level: graduate

Topics: The main focus of this course is the empirical exploration of the status and role of the English language in what has come to be called the 'linguistic landscape' of Vienna (i.e., in public space). A plethora of empirical methods are applied in hands-on investigation of the object of study, in view of establishing and tapping into relevant and useful data sources.




S'2010, F'2010, F'2011, S'2012, F'2012:

Research Methods in Linguistics
(Co-taught variously with Christiane Dalton-Puffer, Evelien Keizer, Gunther Kaltenböck, Nikolaus Ritt, Anita Santner, Barbara Seidlhofer, Ute Smit)

Level:
graduate

Topics: This course provides an introduction to the currently most important research methods in linguistics; specifically methods of data collection such as elicitation, questionnaires, interviews; corpus compilation and analysis, statistical analysis, qualitative data analysis.



S'2012:

Linguistic Landscaping

Level: undergraduate

Topics: The main focus of this course is sociolinguistic field work in the context of 'linguistic landscaping', or (English) language use in public spaces (e.g. on billboards or shop signs, in graffiti). The course first provides some orientation in this field of study, which is currently garnering much scholarly interest. It then culminates in students' own (mandatory) field work projects in which they collect their own data on linguistic landscaping in Vienna, and which is the basis for an oral presentation as well as the final write-up (Proseminararbeit).



F'2011:

Sprache in Österreich
(Co-taught with Manfred Glauninger)

Level: graduate

Topics:
Die Lehrveranstaltung thematisiert Österreich als charakteristisch geprägten und vitalen Sprach(en)raum. Im Mittelpunkt steht dabei die gegenwärtige Vielfalt der Erscheinungsformen und Funktionen der deutschen Sprache in Österreich unter Berücksichtigung historischer Aspekte. Darüber hinaus werden aber auch die in Österreich offiziell anerkannten Minderheitensprachen sowie der Kontakt zu Immigrantensprachen behandelt.
Das Konversatorium ergänzt die Vorlesung mit praktischen Übungen. Die Studierenden führen unter anderem "Miniprojekte" zur Erforschung der Sprachsituation in Österreich durch.



S'2011:

Variation, Style-shifting and Code-switching in the context of English

Level: graduate

Topics:
The purpose of this course is to gain an overview of current and past salient research on sociolinguistic variation in the context of the English language. A specific focus of this enterprise is the state-of-the-art of research on style-shifting and code-switching, including the theoretical and methodological considerations involved.



F'2010:

Language and the Mind


Level: graduate

Topics: The purpose of this course is to engage with and navigate the current 'cognitive turn' in the study of language under a variety of aspects and from various perspectives. Topics are drawn from (but not limited to) the traditions of cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics and the sociology of language, neurolinguistics, and the currently evolving field of 'cognitive sociolinguistics'.

Main class readings:
- Evans, Vyvyan, Benjamin K. Bergen, and Jörg Zinken. 2007. The cognitive linguistics enterprise: An overview. In The Cognitive Linguistics Reader, ed. by Vyvyan Evans, Benjamin K. Bergen, and Jörg Zinken, 2-36. London: Equinox.
- Schmitz, Sigrid. 2010. "Sex, gender, and the brain - biological determinism versus socio-cultural constructivism". In Klinge, Ineke; Wiesemann, Claudia (eds.). Sex and Gender in Biomedicine. Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Göttingen, 57-76. 
Further readings are assigned by students in accordance with their presentation topics.



S'2010:

Sociolinguistic Field Methods: Ethnography of Communication
 
Level: undergraduate
 
Topics:
The main focus of this course is sociolinguistic field work in the particular context of the ethnography of communication (culturally situated description of communicative behavior). Students are first introduced to the subject matter of ethnography of communication in relation to a variety of cultural settings, then to the concomitant methodologies of data collection and analysis, with a focus on Scollon's (2004) 'Nexus Analysis' method. The course culminates in students' own field work projects in which they collect their own data, and which is the basis for an oral presentation as well as the final write-up (Proseminararbeit).




S'2009, F'2009:

Introduction to the Study of Language I

Level: undergraduate

Topics: This lecture course forms the first part of a one-year introductory programme that aims at providing first-year students of English with an overview of the major areas of linguistic knowledge. In the first semester we shall study ways of describing and transcribing the sounds and sound system of English (phonetics/phonology). We shall then consider how language varies to reflect different social and geographical factors and how this variation may be described (sociolinguistics). We shall examine how language functions in communication and how humans use language to create meaning in interaction (pragmatics, discourse analysis). Finally, we will analyse the ways language is processed in the mind (psycholinguistics).Students will be familiar with the basic principles of phonetics, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, discourse analysis and psycholinguistics and will be able to apply their knowledge to English texts. Students will be able to represent English in phonemic transcription.

Main class readings:
- Yule, George. 2006. The Study of Language. 3rd edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Plag, Ingo, Maria Braun, Sabine Lappe & Mareile Schramm. 2007. Introduction to English Linguistics. Mouton de Gruyter.



S'2009:

Interactional Discourse Analysis

Level: undergraduate

Topics: The main focus of this course is interactional discourse analysis in the context of everyday conversation. Students will first be introduced to the subject matter of discourse analysis in Anglophone contexts, as well as to the concomitant methodologies of data elicitation and analysis. The particular focus will be on the investigation of conversational styles. The course culminates in students' own (mandatory) discourse analysis project for which they will record a conversation (in a cultural setting of their choice), and then transcribe, analyze, and interpret selected short excerpts. This project will be the basis for an oral presentation as well as the final write-up (Proseminararbeit).

Main class reading:
Tannen, Deborah. 2005. Conversational Style. 2nd revised edition. Oxford University Press.
Further readings available electronically.


S'2009:

Sociolinguistic Field Methods:  Investigating Language Attitudes and Ideologies

Level:
undergraduate

Topics: The main focus of this course is sociolinguistic field work in the particular context of the study of language attitudes and ideologies. Students are first introduced to the subject matter of language attitudes and ideologies in a variety of cultural settings, then to the concomitant methodologies of data elicitation and analysis (e.g. the speaker evaluation paradigm). The course culminates in students' own (mandatory) field work projects in which they collect their own data, and which is the basis for an oral presentation as well as the final write-up (Proseminararbeit).



F'2008:

Sociolinguistics: Language in the USA

Level: undergraduate

Topics: In this course we cover a variety of sociolinguistic topics in the context of language use in the USA, such as the development and history of American English, its regional and social variation (dialects), U.S. language ideologies (e.g. the 'English Only' movement), language policy (e.g. regarding bilingual education), and language attitudes (stereotypes and prejudices). In correspondence with the particular topic covered, we explore and discuss relevant methods of research (data collection and analysis).

Main class reading:
Finegan, Edward, and John R. Rickford (eds.) 2004. Language in the USA. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.



At Georgetown University:

 

Fall 2003, 2004, 2006
:
Introduction to Language

Level: undergraduate

Topics: This course provides an overview of the field of linguistics, i.e. the scientific study of language. Through course readings, lectures, activities, discussions, interactive group work, and assignments, the following questions are addressed: 

- What is language?

- How can we study language scientifically?
- How is a language system structured?
- How do we create meaning through language?
- How does language affect society and vice versa?

Main class readings:
- Fasold, Ralph, and Jeffrey Connor-Linton (eds.) 2006. An Introduction to Language and Linguistics. Cambridge ea: Cambridge University Press.
- Fromkin, Victoria, Robert Rodman, and Nina Hyams. 2003. An Introduction to Language. 7th ed. Boston: Thomson Heinle.
- Tserdanelis, Georgios, and Wai Yi Peggy Wong (eds.) 2004. Language Files. Materials for an Introduction to Language and Linguistics. 9th ed. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press.




Individual sessions

 
At the University of Vienna:

"Linguistic Landscaping". Session in the lecture series 'Germanistik digital', University of Vienna, March 27, 2020.

"Sociolinguistics". Session in the lecture "Communication, Code & Culture", University of Vienna, January 20, 2020.

"Wiens Sprachlandschaften". Session in the lecture series "Deutsch in Österreich - Vielfalt - Wandel - Einstellungen", Department of German, University of Vienna, October 24, 2018.

"'Melange zum Mitnehmen' vs. 'Coffee to go' - Englisch in der Wiener Sprachlandschaft". Session in the lecture series "Deutsch in Österreich", Department of German, University of Vienna, November 8, 2017.


At the University of Salzburg:

"'Schlussverkauf' oder 'Sale'?
Englisch trifft Deutsch in der Wiener Sprachlandschaft". Session in the lecture series "Deutsch in Österreich", Department of German, University of Salzburg, October 31, 2018.



Workshops


"English in the linguistic landscape of Vienna, Austria (ELLViA) – Das Projekt, seine Methodologie und erste Ergebnisse". Presentation and workshop, German Study Abroad Program of Emory University (Atlanta, GA, USA), Vienna, June 16, 2017.

"Young researchers' workshop" at the Association for Language Awareness (ALA) 2016 Conference, WU Vienna, July 19, 2016 (with Marie-Luise Pitzl).

"English in the linguistic landscape of Vienna, Austria (ELLViA) – Präsentation des Projekts, seiner Prinzipien und seiner Methoden". Presentation and workshop, German Study Abroad Program of Emory University (Atlanta, GA, USA), Vienna, July 14, 2015.

"Attitudes and English accents". Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, February 10, 2010.

"Research and fieldwork in sociolinguistics". Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, February 24, 2010.