Advanced seminar: Perspectives on word order: diachronic, comparative and stylistic - Details
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Course name Advanced seminar: Perspectives on word order: diachronic, comparative and stylistic
Semester SS 2023
Current number of participants 15
maximum number of participants 25
Home institute Englische Sprachwissenschaft
Courses type Advanced seminar in category Teaching
First date Thu., 20.04.2023 10:00 - 11:30, Room: (D, 1003)
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird in Präsenz abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch

Course location / Course dates

(D, 1003) Thursday: 10:00 - 11:30, weekly (12x)

Module assignments


A well-known school grammar rule is SPO ‘subject-predicate-object’ for the word order of English sentences. But this has not always been the case. If one moves back into history one finds other word orders, which in the end (Old English) are very much like (modern) German word order. In the diachronic perpective, we will look at the different possibilities throughout history and chart how the modern rule, i.e. the fixed word order has evolved. In the comparative perspective, we will investigate the differences between modern English and German word orders, their consequences for usage in the two languages and for German learners of English. Finally, in the stylistic perspective we will find out how English has dealt with the loss of German-style, free and pragmatic word order by finding other means (e.g. cleft sentences).

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "Zeitgesteuerte Anmeldung: Perspectives on word order: diachronic, comparative and stylistic".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • The enrolment is possible from 06.03.2023, 08:00 to 10.04.2023, 12:00.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 12.04.2023 on 12:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.