Veranstaltungskalender des Fachbereich 10

Vorträge und andere Einzelveranstaltungen

Kommende Veranstaltungen

Dienstag, 17. Dezember 2019, 10:15–11:45 | GW 2, A 3.390 (CIP‐Labor FB 10)

Vortrag: Dr. Michael Westphal (Münster) | English Linguistics

Variational Pragmatics and World Englishes: Questionnaires and Corpora

The talk provides a pragmatic perspective on variation in and across World Englishes. In a first practical part, participants will analyze variation in speech act realization with two different methods from variational pragmatics: Discourse Completion Tasks and corpuspragmatics.

The second part of the talk presents findings on the variation in the use of question tags in and across three World Englishes: Trinidadian English, Philippine English, and Nigerian English. The talks highlights the need to widen the canon of variables used in corpus linguistic studies and the benefits of small diverse corpora for a corpus‐pragmatic approach.


Montag, 9. Dezember 2019, 14:15–15:45 | GW 2, SFG 2.070

Vortrag: Dr. Nicola Galloway (Edinburgh) | English Linguistics/Fremdsprachendidaktik Englisch

The pedagogical implications of the global spread of English

In today’s globalised world, the needs of English language learners have changed, particularly those learning to use the English language as a lingua franca. The growing research showcasing the global use of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), the creativity of ELF users and the diverse ways in which they negotiate successful communication in multilingual encounters have numerous implications for the field of TESOL. In this talk, I will explore the pedagogical implications of the global spread of English, outlining calls for change to TESOL curricula. These include calls to consider new goals, assessments, materials and pedagogical perspectives that best match students’ needs to use English as a global language. I will synthesize a body of classroom-based research that experiment with incorporating Global Englishes into language classrooms and teacher training programs. These studies on Global Englishes curriculum innovation respond to calls for a major shift in perspective in TESOL—the likes of which last occurred in the 1970s with the movement towards communicative language teaching. Since this time, the world has witnessed further globalization and the entrenchment of English as the global language.  However, curriculum innovation is a complex process and a number of barriers to change are present. I will explore the challenges of putting theory into teaching practice and provide an overview of a recently established network to break down barriers to change to encourage researchers and practitioners to collaborate and share resources (

Dienstag, 4. Juni 2019, 16:00 | Universität Bremen, SFG 1.040

Vortrag: Juan Diego Incardona | Institut Ibero-Amerika

En las periferias de Buenos Aires: Juan Diego Incardona presenta sus novelas Villa Celina, El campito, Rock barrial y Las estrellas federales

Mittwoch, 29. Mai 2019, 16:00 | Universität Bremen, MZH 1.380/.400

Vortrag: Carlos Gamerro (El autor habla sobre su novela Cardenio que salió en 2016) | Institut Ibero-Amerika

Dos autores en busca de un personaje: el Cardenio de Shakespeare y Fletcher

Dienstag, 21. Mai 2019, 16:00 | Universität Bremen, SFG 2.040

Vortrag: Dra. Ana María Zubieta (Buenos Aires, UBA) | Institut Ibero-Amerika

Enseñar literatura y teoría literaria en la universidad argentina

Freitag, 10. Mai 2019, 08:30–10:00 | Universität Bremen, SFG 1.080

Lesung: Dr. Tilo Renz (Freie Universität Berlin)

Utopische Orte in Michel Velsers Übersetzung der 'Reisen' des Jean de Mandeville

Mittwoch, 8. Mai 2019, 19:30 | Villa Ichon, Goetheplatz 4

Lesung: Prof. Peter Filkins (Bard College (USA))

Geschichte schreiben, Biographie schreiben – Die vielen Welten von H.G. Adler

Eine deutsch-englische Lesung mit Peter Filkins

Moderation: Axel Dunker

In Kooperation mit dem Bremer Literaturkontor

Peter Filkins ist Professor für Literatur am Bard College (USA). Seine Biographie über H.G. Adler (A Life in Many Worlds) ist im März 2019 bei Oxford University Press erschienen. Zudem hat er drei Romane Adlers übersetzt – und darüber hinaus die gesammelten Gedichte Ingeborg Bachmanns (unter dem Titel Darkness Spoken). Am 8. Mai, dem Jahrestag des Endes des Zweiten Weltkriegs in Europa, stellt Filkins im Gespräch mir Prof. Dr. Axel Dunker seine Biografie über H.G. Adler vor.

Der Schriftsteller und Zeitzeuge der Shoah lebte (von 1910 – 1988) im Zentrum seiner Zeit und an ihrem Rande. Als Überlebender von Theresienstadt, Auschwitz und zwei weiteren Konzentrationslagern dokumentierte er seine Erfahrungen und den Verlust anderer in zwei Dutzend Büchern mit wegweisender Geschichtsschreibung, modernistischer Fiktion, formal anspruchsvollen Gedichten und aufschlussreichen Essays. Doch trotz der engen Freundschaft mit Leo Baeck, Elias Canetti und Heinrich Böll blieb er ein Schriftsteller für Schriftsteller, weitgehend unbekannt und vernachlässigt. So muss anders als bei den bekannteren Akteuren die Geschichte seines Lebens durch die Zeit, in der er lebte, sowie durch die Art und Weise, wie sie durch ihn gelebt wurde, erzählt werden.

Aus Anlass der Veröffentlichung von H.G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds diskutiert der Biograph und Übersetzer Peter Filkins die Schnittstelle von Biographie und Geschichte, indem er die Geschichte von Adlers Leben und Werk entwirft. Die Auszüge aus der (noch nicht ins Deutsche übersetzten) Biografie liest Filkins in englischer Sprache. Da Peter Filkins aber Deutsch spricht, fasst er gemeinsam mit Axel Dunker die gelesenen Abschnitte noch einmal kurz auf Deutsch zusammen. Auch das Gespräch zwischen den beiden wird in erster Linie in deutscher Sprache geführt.

Donnerstag, 20. Dezember 2018, 09:30–11:00 | GW2, A3.340 (CIP lab)

Vortrag: Prof. Mikko Laitinen (University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu) | Englische Sprachwissenschaft

Big social media data and the weak-tie model of linguistic change

This presentation revisits the weak social tie model in sociolinguistics. This model predicts that loose-knit social networks promote diffusion of innovations, whereas dense multiplex networks lead to norm-enforcing communities in which change is prevented or impeded. The model is mostly based on evidence from small networks, and it has been acknowledged that the quantitative variable of a network cannot be easily operationalized in situations where the population is socially and/or geographically mobile. Moreover, the model has been criticized for its lack of statistical precision.We explore the extent to which large real-time social media data (i.e. big data) could be utilized to operationalize network ties. We make use of a large database of 199,832 Twitter accounts (c. 7.8 million messages) from a real-time corpus of tweets and their metadata from five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden). We operationalize network ties as a continuous variable, using the metadata information of the number of friends and followers available for each account. While we recognize that online friends and followers can contain a range of social network types, the availability of big social media data also forces us to ask if the model could be tested and applied to large datasets and whether it holds in such data. Social networks are operationalized as follows: The number of followers indexes truly weak ties (i.e. requires no action from a user), and the number of friends is an indication of slightly stronger links (i.e. requires user effort). We do not consider friends and followers to be fully equivalent to weak and strong ties a priori. The dependent variable is the proportional share of tweets in English per account in the region where English is used as a non-native resource.

The results show that for small networks (<100 individuals) the independent factors behave like weak and strong ties: the truly weak ties show strong positive correlations of network size and the dependent variable, and the stronger links show no correlation. This changes when the network size becomes larger (>100–130 individuals), and the distinction between the independent factors disappears. This finding corresponds not only to the argument that the distinction between weak and strong ties is unclear in mobile societies, but it could also shed light on the role of strong ties in transmitting innovations. Our results suggest that network size is a crucial component, and previous studies have ignored large social networks (c. 100–300 nodes). The upper limit comes from social anthropology where it has been suggested that an individual can monitor simultaneously slightly less than 300 nodes. These findings call for new variationist sociolinguistic studies that focus on networks of varying sizes.

All welcome!

Dienstag, 18. Dezember 2018, 10:00–12:00 | GW2, A3.390 (CIP lab)

Vortrag: Prof. Mikko Laitinen (University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu) | Englische Sprachwissenschaft

Yet another variety? English as a lingua franca seen through language typology

This study investigates how (dis)similar English as a lingua franca (ELF) is structurally from the core native varieties of English, indigenized L2 varieties, and learner English. ELF is understood as second language use of English in settings where the interactants do not necessarily share a first language. The empirical part makes use of the method of typological profiling based on aggregate structural features. This method measures three indices (i.e. grammaticity, analyticity, and syntheticity), and it has been used previously to analyze a range of variety types but has not been applied to the assessment of ELF. The results provide quantitative evidence that places ELF on the map and shows that, on purely structural grounds, ELF is a distinct variety type among English varieties. Moreover, the observations show that ELF is structurally different from second language acquisition, and there is a quantitative basis for drawing a distinction between ELF and traditional learner data.

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Montag, 17. Dezember 2018, 14:00–16:00 | GW2, A3.390 (CIP lab)

Vortrag: Prof. Mikko Laitinen (University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu) | Englische Sprachwissenschaft

English use in social media: A view from the Nordic region

This presentation discusses research that combines World Englishes and digital humanities (DH). I will first give a short overview of DH as a field and then present the Nordic Tweet Stream, a cross-disciplinary digital humanities project that downloads Twitter messages from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. I will (only briefly) introduce some of the technical aspects in creating a real-time monitor corpus that grows every day, and then present two case studies that illustrate how the corpus could be used as empirical evidence in studies focusing on the global spread of English.

All welcome!