Semestr letni 2017/2018 - Oferta konwersatoriów i przedmiotów orientujących


Konwersatorium językoznawcze A (środa 10:00)

1. prof. K. Ciepiela, Language and the Mind
The course is designed to introduce students to key concepts in Psycholinguistics. It covers the core areas from biological aspects of language to language acquisition and language processing and should encourage students to delve deeply into all of these areas. More specific topics are:
Biological and developmental bases of language, Language impairment, Language acquisition, Meaning construction, Memory, lexicon, encoding and storage, Language production, Language comprehension, Word recognition, Reading, Attentional processes in language

2. prof. A. Kwiatkowska, Language in contexts
This introductory course will provide some examples of how language is used in different fields of discourse: in conversation and in more formal texts, in newspapers, advertising, politics, on the internet, in songs, literature, jokes, comics... It is therefore essentially a stylistics course, focusing on the functional varieties of English.

3. dr W. Pskit, Word-formation across languages
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with topics in word-formation in English, Polish and other selected languages and to equip students with research tools facilitating contrastive word-formation studies. The issues to be discussed include basic concepts in morphology and word-formation, simple and complex words, inflection and derivation, productivity in word-formation, a comparison of word-formation processes in English, Polish and (selected) other languages, and selected contemporary theoretical approaches to word structure.

4. prof. I. Witczak-Plisiecka, Language in action: a sociolinguistic perspective
This class emphasises the actional nature of language focusing on the interface of linguistics and sociology. The fact that “things can be done with words” through linguistic performance and interaction, which lies at the centre of speech act theory in linguistics, is explored with reference to problems such as, e.g., performance of identity, intercultural differences in communication styles, understanding of indirect suggested meaning, restricted and elaborated codes, as well as varied discourses defined by gender, social or ethnic group, etc. All topics discussed in class will be backed with task whose aim is to familiarise the students with relevant and manageable research methods, which may prove relevant in their future projects (e.g. linguistics theories and simple corpus methodology).

Konwersatorium językoznawcze B (środa 11:45)

1. prof. J. Waliński, Interaction between language, culture and cognition in translation and linguistic research
The course focuses on selected aspects of interaction between language, culture,  and cognition from the corpus-based cognitive linguistic perspective. The methodological framework encompasses using empirical data retrieved from referential language corpora or self-compiled collections of texts. The topics covered include figurative language (conceptual metaphor, metonymy, conceptual integration), ambiguity, vagueness, polysemy, Cultural Linguistics, and Langacker's Cognitive Grammar. They are discussed with reference to practical applications in translation and linguistic research.

2. dr M. Hinton, Fundamental Questions of Language
Introduction of students to a range of fundamental questions which underpin all linguistic inquiry, such as theories of meaning and reference, as well as the relationship between meaning and thought. Students will learn to consider deeply issues in the philosophy of language and how they impact on the practice of linguistics. On this course, you will be asked to consider the most fundamental questions concerning language and its use. The class will be discussion based, and each week we'll try to answer such questions as: what does it mean to mean? Can we think without language? How does language refer to reality? How is language linked to thought? Does language have rules and how would we know? Although these question are philosophical in nature, we'll be addressing them as linguists and particularly interested in the way that they impact on the practice of linguistics.

3. dr A. Wieczorek, Meaning and persuasion in discourse of politics and the media
The goal of the course is to familiarize students with selected semantic, pragmatic and cognitive theories with the focus on the use of linguistic devices in persuasive messages in political and media discourse.
This course will focus on the concept of meaning in semantics, pragmatics and cognitive linguistics, persuasive strategies in political and media discourse, Critical Discourse Analysis – main approaches and their representatives, Speech Act Theory, explicit and implicit meaning, Politeness Theory, as well as conceptual metaphor, metonymy and metaphorical mapping.

4. dr P. Pęzik, Linguistics in Natural Language Processing
 Natural Language Processing is one of the driving forces of the modern-day digital revolution. Web-search, machine-translation, predictive typing, text-to-speech systems and voice-operated virtual assistants are some of the obvious examples of technologies which have already changed the way we communicate, find and process information. The course will offer a gentle introduction to a selection of issues in the vast area of NLP, such as information retrieval, part-of-speech tagging, syntactic parsing, named entity recognition, text classification and intent detection. In particular, we will consider the contribution of formal linguistics to the development and evaluation of language processing solutions as well as the core skills and competences required of analytical linguists as domain experts in the process of designing and evaluating language technologies.

Konwersatorium literaturoznawcze (środa 15:15)

1. dr P. Spyra, Religion and Literature: A Survey of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature
This course will look at some of the finest (and strangest) examples of medieval and early modern religious writing  in English. You will find devotional texts in the syllabus, but you will also find tales of the supernatural and of sex, and a lot of humour but also, quite often, an alarmingly serious tone of religious zeal. In short, you will see what religion makes people do, think and fantasize about and how thinking in religious terms may lead human imagination in surprisingly varied directions.

2. dr M. Cieślak, Ambiguities, Innuendoes, Double Meanings in English Medieval and Renaissance Literature
The course will look at selected Medieval and Renaissance texts (both poetic and dramatic) to explore possibilities of multiple interpretations (ambiguities, double meanings, innuendoes). Texts will range from Chaucer, through Marlowe's and Shakespeare's plays, to their contemporary screen versions, like Justin Kurzel's 2015 Macbeth. The course offers advanced background information concerning the Old English, Medieval and Renaissance literature, focusing on the possibilities of numerous and various interpretations. It allows for exploration of literary texts from historical perspectives, and for discussing ideological dimensions of literary texts. It aims at promoting the students’ awareness of the development, transformation and continuation of literary motifs, and enhances their abilities to formulate and express their own opinions and judgements.

3. prof. A. Wicher, Medieval and Early Modern Literature Tutorial (until more or less the end of the 18th c.)
The course is concerned with the following objectives: The promotion of students’ awareness of the basic problems connected with English Medieval and Renaissance literature. A comparison between selected works of English Medieval and Early Modern literature (from the 10th to 18th cc.)  and works of modern (20-21st c.) literature analogous to them or inspired by them.
Course content: The development of students’ ability to interpret exemplary texts representing English Medieval and Early Modern literature.  The discovery of the links, sometimes close, sometimes indirect, between early literature (mainly medieval and Renaissance) and modern literature.
The beginnings and development of basic literary genres. Medieval literature, both Old English and Middle English. Renaissance literature with a special emphasis of William Skakespeare’s plays. The problem of interpretation of literature. The problem of representing reality in literature. The problem of interpretation of literature in relation to contemporary world.

Przedmiot orientujący A (wtorek 15:15)

1. prof. K. Poloczek, Contemporary English-language society in the Black Mirror
Inspired by the titular British TV series, the course shall explore the impact of new technologies on people of today and the twenty-first reality alike, on the basis of English-language films, literature and art.

2. dr T. Dobrogoszcz, “Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know”: Psychopathology in Contemporary Literature and Film
The course offers a review of various psychopathological types of behaviour portrayed in contemporary fiction and film. It will introduce basic tenets of psychoanalysis and discuss the use of the unconscious in the creative process. It will demonstrate the potential of psychoanalysis as an efficient interpretative tool. The analysed works will include short stories or fragments of novels (Ian McEwan, J.G. Ballard, A.S. Byatt, Peter Carey, J.M. Coetzee) and films (David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Lars von Trier).

3. dr M. Hinton, Elements of Argumentation and Rhetoric
Introduction of students to the theory and practice of argumentation, allowing them to identify and evaluate arguments. Introduction to rhetorical devices and their use.
This course will examine the processes of reasoning and arguing, looking both at logical structure and rhetorical devices. By analysing authentic texts and speeches, students will learn how to identify and evaluate arguments with the ultimate aim of being able to answer the question: what makes a good argument?

Przedmiot orientujący B (czwartek 15:15)

1. dr A. Rasmus, Why remake British films for the American viewer?
Throughout history, artists have borrowed elements from earlier works for use in new cultural contexts. This class focuses on one particular example of such borrowings: Hollywood remakes of British films, filmmakers, and TV series, providing you with an insight into British cinema, Hollywood film, new media and cultural studies. Why do remakes have such a bad reputation? Why remake British films for the American viewer? How similar/different are these two cultures and film industries? We will look at a few titles (The Office, Death at a Funeral, Psycho) from a range of theoretical perspectives.

2. dr K. Majer, Music & Fiction: Journeys into North American Intermediality
Undeniably, we live in an intermedial world, that is one in which we are confronted on a daily basis with messages involving a number of different (artistic) media, e.g. the verbal, the visual or the musical. It seems, therefore, that some kind of intermedial competence is necessary for us to negotiate our reality. This course is designed to expand the students’ intermedial competence by alerting them to one particular type of intermediality, perhaps one encountered less often than others, namely to musicalization. Related to ekphrasis, musicalization can be defined as the representation of certain elements of a musical work in traditionally understood fiction (literary prose). The course is informed by both the seminal and the most recent developments in the theory of musicalization, i.e. the works of Calvin S. Brown, Werner Wolf or Emily Peterman. Each class involves a discussion of an underlying musical work or works (selected from a number of genres, e.g. rock, jazz or classical music – a fugue by Bach, Jimi Hendrix’s rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner or Charlie Parker’s bebop classic) and an examination of ways in which some of its elements have been represented in a North American literary text.

3. prof. A. Wicher,  English Fantastic Literature Tutorial
The course is concerned with the following objectives: The promotion of students’ awareness of the basic problems connected with English fantastic literature (mainly Gothic, science-fiction,  and fantasy) . The raising of the students’ awareness of the differences between the genres of classical and modern  (19th, 20th and 21st cc.) fantastic literature. The development of students’ ability to interpret exemplary texts representing English fantastic literature in their cultural and historical context.  The discovery of the links, sometimes close, sometimes indirect, between the early literature (mainly medieval and Renaissance) and the modern fantastic literature.
Course content: The beginnings and development of basic literary genres, Fantastic literature with a special emphasis on fantasy literature. The problem of interpretation of literature. The problem of representing reality in literature. The problem of interpretation of literature in relation to contemporary world