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Language in Communication: Invitation to Linguistics

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Kod przedmiotu: 2500-OG-EN-LICITL Kod Erasmus / ISCED: (brak danych) / (0232) Literatura i językoznawstwo
Nazwa przedmiotu: Language in Communication: Invitation to Linguistics
Jednostka: Wydział Humanistyczny
Punkty ECTS i inne: 4.00
Język prowadzenia: angielski
Wymagania wstępne:


Rodzaj przedmiotu:

przedmiot fakultatywny

Całkowity nakład pracy studenta:

Contact hours with teacher:

- participation in seminar 20 hrs

- consultations 5 hrs

Self-study hours:

- preparation for seminar 25 hrs

- writing essays/ papers/ projects 0 hrs

- reading literature 25 hrs

- preparation for test 25 hrs

- preparation for examination 0 hrs

Altogether: 100 hrs (4 ECTS)

Efekty uczenia się - wiedza:


W1: has basic knowledge of linguistic (systemic) mechanisms underlying communication

W2: knows basic linguistic terminology

W3: is familiar with basic features of natural languages

W4: is familiar with the model of interpersonal communication

W5: is acquainted with language subsystems

Efekty uczenia się - umiejętności:


U1: is able to explain basic linguistic notions and apply them to linguistic analysis

U2: is able to characterise basic features of natural human languages

U3: is able to characterise basic language functions

Efekty uczenia się - kompetencje społeczne:


K1: is aware of the role of language in human communication and cognition

Metody dydaktyczne:

Expository teaching methods:

- participatory lecture

-problem-based lecture


Exploratory teaching methods:

-classic problem-solving

-case study


Metody dydaktyczne eksponujące:

- pokaz

Metody dydaktyczne podające:

- opis
- pogadanka
- wykład konwersatoryjny
- wykład problemowy

Metody dydaktyczne w kształceniu online:

- metody oparte na współpracy
- metody służące prezentacji treści
- metody wymiany i dyskusji

Skrócony opis:

This discussion seminar is dedicated to those who would like to get some basic knowledge of the most important instrument they use in everyday interpersonal interactions, i.e. language. Language in Communication: Invitation to Linguistics is planned as an introduction to linguistics, i.e. it discusses general language mechanisms applied by users while producing utterances.

Pełny opis:

The seminar discusses main characteristics of language signs and natural human languages in general, against the background of other semiotic systems and other types of signs used by people. It introduces a number of basic linguistic notions such as: a linguistic unit, system, subsystems of language, speech act etc. With regard in particular to the structuralist tradition, the course gives an overall idea of how “language machinery” works, thus building up basic language consciousness among students. Also, some problems of linguistic pragmatics are addressed, such as the reasons why people communicate in an implicit way or basic mechanisms of interpreting indirect speech acts (deriving implicit meanings).

For a detailed list of topics see the didactic cycle description.


1. Austin J. L.: How to Do Things with Words. Oxford: OUP 1986. Chpt. VII & XII [Locution, illocution, perlocution. Illocutional forces.] }

2. Berne E.: Games People Play. The Psychology of Human Relationships. NY: Grove Press 1964. {http://opac.bu.umk.pl/webpac-bin/B_horizonPL/wgbroker.exe?2017082500013005024300+1+scan+select+3+0}

3. Goffman E.: Interaction Ritual: Essays in Face-to-Face Behavior. London: Penguin Books.

4. Grice P.: Logic and conversation, [in:] P. Cole, J. L. Morgan (eds.), Syntax and Semantics vol. 3. NY: Academic Press 1975, 41-58. {http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ls/studypacks/Grice-Logic.pdf}

5. Lyons J.: Language and Linguistics: an Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1997.

6. McCabe A.: An Introduction to Linguistics and Language Studies. London, Oakville: Equinox 2011. {http://opac.bu.umk.pl/webpac-bin/B_horizonPL/wgbroker.exe?2017082421135301183856+1+scan+select+1+1}

7. Saussure F. de: Course in General Linguistics. London: Bloomsbury Academic 2013.

8. Searle J.: Speech Acts: An Essay in the Philosophy of Language. Cambridge: CUP 2009. {http://opac.bu.umk.pl/webpac-bin/B_horizonPL/wgbroker.exe?2017082500460103993772+1+search+select++2+10}

9. Wierzbicka A.: Cross-cultural Pragmatics: the Semantics of Human Interaction . Berlin, NY: Moutonde Gruyter 2003. {http://opac.bu.umk.pl/webpac-bin/B_horizonPL/wgbroker.exe?2017082421135301183856+1+search+select++18+10}

10. Wierzbicka A.: Semantics: Primes and Universals. Oxford: OUP 1996. {http://opac.bu.umk.pl/webpac-bin/B_horizonPL/wgbroker.exe?2017082421135301183856+1+search+select++18+16}

11. Wierzbicka A.: Semantics, culture, and cognition : universal human concepts in culture-specific configurations. Oxford: OUP 1992. {http://opac.bu.umk.pl/webpac-bin/B_horizonPL/wgbroker.exe?2017082421135301183856+1+search+select++18+18}

Metody i kryteria oceniania:

Assessment methods:

- active participation (min. 70%)

- passing the final test

Assessment criteria:

Fail: < 8 pts / 15 (<53%)

Satisfactory: 8-9 pts / 15 (53-60%)

satisfactory plus- 9,5-10,5 pts / 15 (63-70%)

good – 11-12 pts / 15 (73-80%)

good plus- 12,5-13,5 pts / 15 (83-90%)

very good- 14-15 pts / 15 (93-100%)

Praktyki zawodowe:

Not apllicable

Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr zimowy 2021/22" (jeszcze nie rozpoczęty)

Okres: 2021-10-01 - 2022-02-27
Wybrany podział planu:

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Typ zajęć: Konwersatorium, 20 godzin więcej informacji
Koordynatorzy: Izabela Duraj-Nowosielska
Prowadzący grup: Izabela Duraj-Nowosielska
Lista studentów: (nie masz dostępu)
Zaliczenie: Przedmiot - Zaliczenie na ocenę
Konwersatorium - Zaliczenie na ocenę
Skrócony opis:

As in the general section

Pełny opis:

1. What makes our language competence. Language signs among other types of signs; natural and conventional signs; single-class vs. double-class signs. Identity and opposition as key notions of language.

2. Language system and language unit. “Productivity” of language; double articulation of language.

3. Subsystems of language: phonological, word-formative, inflectional, syntactical and lexical. Phonetic <> content level of utterance (text  sense).

4. Definability of concepts. “Lingua mentalis” by Anna Wierzbicka – primary and universal units of language. Language as a classifier of reality.

5. Speech act structure. The Speaker presenting him/herself in a speech act. Symptomaticity and conventionality of body language.

6. Stylistic differentiation of language – criteria: territorial identity of the speaker and the hearer / social identity – social distance between the interlocutors – oral / written form of utterance – communicative situation – communicative goal. Communicative roles. Functional styles of language and speech genres. The principle of communicative adequacy (decorum).

7. Language functions according to K. Bühler and R. Jakobson. The relation between higher language functions as defined by K. Popper and evolution of consciousness. Human language vs animal languages.

8. Locutional, illocutional, and perlocutional aspects of speech act. Explicit and implicit communication: direct/indirect speech acts <> overt/latent (manipulative). Why do people communicate in an implicit way? Understanding the speaker’s intentions: data taken into account by the addressee; linguistic competence vs communicative competence.

9. Introduction to pragmatics. The principle of communicative cooperation: conversational logic by Paul Grice.

10. Final test.


As in the general section

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