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  • 21:09 History of English - The OE Period

    History of English - The OE Period

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    This E-Lecture discusses the period of Old English with its main phases: from the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons, via the constant invasions of the Vikings up to a detailed account of what happend in 1066. Thus, the E-Lecture is more or less socio-culturally

  • 26:58 The History of the English Language

    The History of the English Language

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    UT ESL instructor Ben Cunningham discusses the history of the English language and its position in the Indo-European language family.

  • 1:11:13 121028 Charlene Lohmeier "Evolution of the English Language"

    121028 Charlene Lohmeier "Evolution of the English Language"

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    "Evolution of the English Language" by CHARLENE LOHMEIERIn the 1500 years English has been around, it has changed, grown, and nearly been extinguished. Yet today it is the universal language of business and diplomacy around the world. Starting as a German

  • 06:46 European Language Families

    European Language Families

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    Languages of EuropeMusic:00:00 "Ode to joy"- Bethoven00:32 "Now we are free" - Lisa Gerrard1:32 "Amazing Grace" - Scottish bagpipes2:07 "Ragnarok" - Leaves´ Eyes3:02 "Kalinka" - Red Army Choir3:52 "I don't remember ( Yugoslavian music!)4:32 "Bitė lingo" -

  • 14:07 Germanic languages fragments

    Germanic languages fragments

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    How do the different Germanic languages sound? Watch this video to find out!

  • 09:27 Screencast - The VLC Language Index

    Screencast - The VLC Language Index

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    The VLC Language Index comprises a multitude of linguistic options, from simple language lookup to detailed sound comparison. It currently hosts ca. 1,000 languages (including dialects), from 165 countries, languages with standardized audio support: ca. 7

  • 19:24 Linguistics in the 21st Century - An E-Lecture in Honor of Prof. Dr. Gisa Rauh

    Linguistics in the 21st Century - An E-Lecture in Honor of Prof. Dr. Gisa Rauh

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    This E-Lecture was developed to honor the supervisor of my "Habilitation" at the University of Wuppertal, Prof. Dr. Gisa Rauh, who retired in February 2013.It shows how the digital revolution, in particular, the computer and the internet, have changed lin

  • 14:56 Semantics and Pragmatics - Conversation, An Overview

    Semantics and Pragmatics - Conversation, An Overview

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    What is conversation and what are the main principles of organizing it? These are the main questions that are discussed in this E-Lecture which looks at the central aspects of deixis, the principles of local referencing, the rules accordng to which speake

  • 14:28 Semantics and Pragmatics - Speech Acts, An Overview

    Semantics and Pragmatics - Speech Acts, An Overview

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    This E-Lecture is the first part of the VLC introduction to pragmatics. It discusses the central differences between meaning and use and examines the use of utterances with special emphasis on speech act theory.

  • 14:58 Semantics and Pragmatics - Word Semantics

    Semantics and Pragmatics - Word Semantics

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    How are lexemes and objects related? How can we define the relationships between the lexemes of a language? These questions are central to word semantics and defineits main branches reference and sense. This E-Lecture provides an overview of these main ar

  • 16:35 Semantics and Pragmatics - Semantics an Overview

    Semantics and Pragmatics - Semantics an Overview

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    This first E-Lecture related to the VLC class "Semantics and Pragmatics" provides an overview of the role of semantics within linguistics and its use in other disciplines. Furthermore, it discusses the central goals and objectives of semantics.

  • 11:23 Syntax - Generative Grammar

    Syntax - Generative Grammar

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    This E-Lecture discusses the fundamental ideas of generative grammar, the most influential grammar model in linguistic theory. In particular we exemplfy the main principles that account for the non-finite character of natural language as well as the pheno

  • 11:16 Syntax - The Sentence I

    Syntax - The Sentence I

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    It is usually assumed that the sentence is the highest-ranking unit of syntax. However, not all sentences are structurally complete. For this reason, a distinction is drawn between two sentence types: minor and major sentences. This clip discusses the cen

  • 09:58 Syntax - Grammar (Overview)

    Syntax - Grammar (Overview)

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    There is a great deal of confusion about the term 'grammar'. Most people associate with it a book written about a language. In fact, there are various manifestations of this traditional term: presecriptive, descriptive and reference grammar. In theoretica

  • 14:05 Morphological Operations

    Morphological Operations

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    Morphological operations define how words can be modified, i.e. what type of operation is applied to change a word. This can be done by means of adding items or concatenating two or more entities or it can be achieved by non-concatenative operations that

  • 15:00 Morphological Processes

    Morphological Processes

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    Morphological processes define different ways of building words, the two principal ones being inflection and word-formation, and in turn derivation, and compounding. Other processes are not considered in this unit. All major processes are exempliefied usi

  • 14:39 Morphology - The Analysis of Words

    Morphology - The Analysis of Words

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    How can we analyze words into their component parts? What are the basic building blocks of words? These and other questions are taken up in this short clip. On the basis of a simple example from Present-Day English and an additional analysis using Latin,

  • 11:39 Morphology - The Nature of Words

    Morphology - The Nature of Words

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    This clip is used as an introduction to the morphology and morpholgy/syntax classes on the Virtual Linguistics Campus (www.linguistics-online.com). It discusses the problems associated with the nature of words as a unit within linguistics using examples f

  • 12:35 Phonology - English in England: RP

    Phonology - English in England: RP

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    This E-Lecture constitutes the starting point of a series of e-lectures dealing with English and its phonological varieties. The focus of this one is Received Pronunciation, the standard phonological dialect associated with England. Its main topics are: h

  • 16:30 Phonetics - Basic Segments of Speech (Vowels I)

    Phonetics - Basic Segments of Speech (Vowels I)

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    The focus of this E-Lecture is the system of Cardinal Vowels. Jürgen Handke not only discusses the phonetic description of vowel articulation, he also shows how the Cardinal Vowel Chart can be developed and constructed - and last but not least: he produce

  • 18:46 Phonetics - Basic Segments of Speech (Consonants)

    Phonetics - Basic Segments of Speech (Consonants)

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    This E-Lecture describes the fundamental parameters of consonantal articulation: place, manner, and voicing and exemplifies all respective consonants by means of animations and live video recordings.

  • 11:25 Phonetics - Overview

    Phonetics - Overview

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    This introductory E-Lecture (on the VLC it is used in Unit 2 of the "Introduction to Linguistics Class") provides an overview of phonetics with a focus on articulatory phonetics using examples where possible.

  • 14:09 Linguistic Fundamentals - Language and Linguistics

    Linguistic Fundamentals - Language and Linguistics

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    This E-Lecture is the first of the series "Introduction to Linguistics". It discusses the central terms "language" and "linguistics", provides an overview of the field of linguistics with its main branches, and lists several arguments that should motivate

  • 14:57 Linguistic Fundamentals - Communication

    Linguistic Fundamentals - Communication

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    Communication can be defined as the process wherby ideas, information and messages are shared with others in a particuluar time and place through a common system of symbols. This E-Lecture discusses the central modes of communication and the specific prop

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