Relevant Minors for the B.A. ISCL Programme

General Linguistics

Students will learn precise techniques for the analysis of linguistic structures. By working with data from languages fundamentally different from their native languages, they obtain competence in the finer points of linguistic typology. Such multilingual competence will make it easier for Computational Linguists to adapt existing mono-lingual applications to new languages or to develop new applications in a multilingual setting. This minor aims to study human language ability - thus all languages of the world are important for General Linguistics. The typological comparison of languages and language families are an important aspect of this topic.

The goal of General Linguistics is to develop an overall explanatory model of human language capacity. Developing such a model requires intensive study of individual languages, in order to understand their semantics, syntax, phonology and phonetics, morphology, acquisition, use, social aspects (socio-linguistics, communication theory) and historical development.

Students will learn precise techniques for the analysis of linguistic structures. Students achieve competence in the finer points of linguisticc typology through extensive studies of foreign languages. Such multilingual competence will make it easier for Computational Linguists to adapt existing mono-lingual applications to new languages, or to develop new applications in a multilingual setting.


The advisor for this minor is Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Sternefeld
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 16:30 -18:00
Tel.: +49 (0)7071 29 -73960
Toom 1.17, SfS
wolfgang.sternefeld@uni-tuebingen.de


German Linguistics

This minor explores both historical and contemporary aspects of German phonology (sound structure), morphology (word structure), and syntax (sentence formation). It also aims to analyse of the meaning of grammatical and lexical units and the contextually dependent use of German in conversations and texts.

This minor is a good opportunity for foreign students interested in learing more about the language of their host country, and to expand their understanding of German beyond simple language classes.

Native speakers of German are required to study an additional Germanic language (such as Dutch, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian) to acquire competence in Comparative Linguistcis.

The advisor for this minor is Prof. Dr. Claudia Maienborn
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 14-15
Tel.: +49 (0)7071 29 -78445
Room 418, Neuphilologicum
claudia.maienborn@uni-tuebingen.de


Slavic Linguistics

This minor requires specialization in a Slavic language; students may choose from: Russian, Polish, Czech, Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian or Slovenian.

Students will study the properties of individual languages, exploring their phonetic, morphological and syntactic properties, their historical development, and the way these languages are used (pragmatics, socio-linguistics, communication theory).

Students will receive an extensive overview of the linguistic system of the Slavic language of their choice. This background will enable students to apply their skills in Computational Linguistics (e.g. in speech processing or parsing) to Slavic language data.

The advisor for this minor is Prof. Dr. Tilman Berger
Office Hours: Di 9-11
Tel.: +49 (0)7071 29 -76733
Room 536, Neuphilologicum
tberger@uni-tuebingen.de