Semantics 2, SoSe 2015
- 1 Course description
- 2 Term paper projects
- 2.1 Specification for wiki-based term papers
- 2.2 Individual wiki-based term paper projects
- 2.3 Helpful links
- 2.3.1 Links to e-learning sites for linguistics
- 2.3.2 Links to tools for creating e-learning material
- 2.3.3 Links to tutorials
In this course we will look at questions concerning the meaning of adjectives and adverbs such as
- What is the meaning of "tall" and "small" if a "tall mouse" is much smaller than a "small elephant"?
- How come a "red car" is both red and a car, but a "fake car" is not even a car?
- If you give "the right answer", any other answer would have been wrong, but if you give "the wrong answer" why is then not every other answer correct?
- How can we capture the observation that a "beautiful dancer" can be someone ugly who dances beautifully, but a "beautiful dancing shoes" cannot be ugly shoes for dancing beautifully?
We will discuss both the empirical side of these and other issues and how we can formalize our observations and integrate them into the framework of the syntax-semantics interface developed in the "Semantics 1" class.
After the class, the participants will be able to distinguish various types of modifiers and to characterize their meaning in a precise way.
Term paper projects
Specification for wiki-based term papers
- Put all your material on the wiki page associated with your project or link it from there.
- Mark all content that you have created with your name.
- Didactic considerations: Every e-learning object should be accompanied by a paragraph on the didactic considerations. Do not forget to include references to background literature and links.
- Expected time for individual types of tasks:
- Technical training: 5 h
- Wiktionary online exercises: 5-10 h per exercise (setting up the exercise, programming it in the wiki, didactic considerations)
- Video: 3 h per minute (planning, preparing slides, writing the text, recording, cutting, didactic considerations)
- Background reading of linguistic papers: 1 h for every 3 pages.
Requirements for the individual study programs:
- for BA English Studies, BAES 3.4 (Vertiefungsmodul 2): 4 CP for the Modulprüfung, i.e. 120 hours of work on the wiki.
- for L2/L5 (short term paper, included in the 4 CP for the course): 30 hours of work on the wiki.
- for L3 (optional, long term paper): 4 CP for the term paper, i.e. 120 hours of work on the wiki.
Individual wiki-based term paper projects
Many links have been collected in the context of a previous class, Hauptseminar "New Media in Teaching Semantics", WiSe 2012/13.
Here are links that were mainly collected in that course:
Links to e-learning sites for linguistics
Podcasts and e-lectures
- Linguistic Voices on Campus: Anja Wanner's podcasts from the University of Wisconsin
- Podcasts from the Department of Linguistics, Arizona: Podcasts and e-lectures from the Department of Linguistics of the University of Arizona
- Open Courseware of the MIT: Material for many linguistic courses taught at the MIT. (Mainly traditional course material)
Links to resources
- English Language and Linguistics Online (ELLO): e-learning platform for English linguistics from the University of Osnabrück
- The Virtual Linguistic Campus (VLC): big e-learning platform for linguistics from the University of Marburg:
Links to tools for creating e-learning material
Some basic how to manuals for mediawikis (like this one):
Creating online exercises
At present we do not recommend any of the free online exercise tools since they are all outdated and not actively supported. We list some options nontheless but warn that they may have problems.
- JClic: Software for the creation of online exercises. There is also a German site of JClic. A handbook in German and an online tutorial can be found at www.edugroup.at/praxis/tools/jclic/hilfe.html.
- Outdated and no longer developped since 2009, but still in use: Hotpotatoes: Software for the creation of online exercises. There is also a German site of Hotpotatoes.
The hotpotatoes family contains a further package, Quandary, a program for creating web-based action mazes, from the hotpotatoes programmers. Only available for windows.
Creating audio content
- XnConvert: Easy to use image converter.
- GIMP: Very complex and powerful image manipulation program.
- HandBrake: Video converter.
- Miro Video Converter: A simple converter for almost any video to MP4, WebM (vp8), Ogg Theora, or for Android, iPhone, and more.
- Fried Beef's Tech: Seven best sources for royalty-free music (slightly outdated)
- audionautix.com: Free sounds, only requires acknowledgement: music by audionautix.com
- Soundsource: Free sounds.
- Hörspielbox: Free sounds.
- jamendo: Free music.
- stock.xchng: Free stock photos.
Links to tutorials
- Podcast Wiki: German Podcast wiki, including links and tutorials
- Audacity Tutorial for Podcasters: Including some video tutorials.
- German Youtube tutorial for Podcasts with Audacity
- English Youtube tutorial for Podcasts with Audacity