Course Information
Title in GermanAusgewählte Themen der Semantik
SchoolGerman Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600003386

Programme of Study: Language and Culture in the German-speaking Area (2012-today)

Registered students: 6
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Linguistics-TeachingElective Courses belonging to the selected specializationWinter/Spring-9

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • German (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students should be in a position to argue for or against particular analyses, to evaluate semantic hypotheses and to relate language data to semantic theory. They will develop the ability to engage, as independent researchers, in the research developments of contemporary theoretical semantics.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course focuses on issues such as the lexical semantics (lexical typology), argument alternations, valency theory, diathesis (alternation). Topics of the seminar are valence dictionaries (structure of the dictionary), lerner's dictionaries, online dictionaries.
Topics in Semantics, lexical semantics, valency theory, valence dictionary, online dictionary
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Interactive excersises
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment471.9
Written assigments1004
Student Assessment
Students are expected to do the assigned readings and to participate fully in the seminar, to write a research paper and present their work. The topic should be selected in consultation with the instructor.
Student Assessment methods
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Additional bibliography for study
Alexiadou, Artemis, Elena Anagnostopoulou & Florian Schäfer (2015): External Arguments in Transitivity Alternations. A Layering Approach. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Βελούδης, Γιάννης (2010): Από τη Σημασιολογία της Ελληνικής Γλώσσας. ΙΝΣ: Θεσσαλονίκη. Boas, C. Hans, Dux, Ryan, and Alexander Ziem (2016b): Frames and constructions in an online learner’s dictionary of German. In S. De Knop and Gaetanelle Guilquin (eds.), Applied Construction Grammar, 303-326. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Mouton. Boas, Hans C. (2013c): “Wie viel Wissen steckt in Woerterbuechern? Eine frame- semantische Perspektive.” Zeitschrift für Angewandte Linguistik 57. 75-97. Engelberg, Stefan (2010): Die lexikographische Behandlung von Argumentstrukturvarianten in Valenz- und Lernerwörterbüchern. In Stefan J. Schierholz, Klaus Fischer & Eilika Fobbe (Hg.): Valenz und Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Frankfurt/M.: Lang, 113-141. Klosa, Annette/Müller-Spitzer, Carolin (2016) (Hgg.):Internetlexikografie. Ein Kompendium. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter. Levin, Beth (1993): English Verb Classes and Alternations: a preliminary investigation. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Müller-Spitzer, Carolin/Koplenig, Alexander (2014): Online dictionaries: expectations anddemands. In: Müller-Spitzer, Carolin (Hrsg.):Using Online Dictionaries. Berlin/Boston:de Gruyter, 143–188. Wunderlich, Dieter (1993): Diathesen. In: Jakobs, Joachim; Stechow, Arnim von; Sternefeld, Wolfgang; Vennemann, Theo (Hrsg.), Syntax. Ein internationales Handbuch der zeitgenössischen Forschung. 1. Halbband. HSK, Band 9,1, 730-747. Valenzwörterbücher (in Auswahl) Engel, Ulrich und Helmut Schumacher (1976): Kleines Valenzwörterbuch deutscher Verben. Tübingen: Gunter Narr. Helbig, Gerhard und Ulrich Schenkel (1991): Wörterbuch zur Distribution und Valenz deutscher Verben. 8. Auflage [1. Auflage 1969. 458 S]. Berlin: de Gruyter. Schumacher Helmut (1986): Verben in Feldern. Schriften des Instituts für deutsche Sprache. Berlin: de Gruyter. Schumacher Helmut, Jacqueline Kubczak, Renate Schmidt, Vera de Ruiter (2004): VALBU-Valenzwörterbuch deutscher Verben. Tübingen: Gunter Narr. Herbst, Thomas, David Heath, Ian F. Roe and Dieter Götz 2004. A Valency Dictionary of English. A Corpus-Based Analysis of the Complementation Patterns of English Verbs, Nouns and Adjectives.In: Topics in English Linguistics 4. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
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