The course Idiomaticity and Style starts by introducing
linguistic tools for the analysis of English registers (e.g. the
principles described in the works of Douglas Biber). Since the focus is on
increasing participants' idiomatic use of English, you will get to know
various online resources (dictionaries, corpora and software) which can
support you in developing your language skills.
In the course of the semester, we will deal in depth with different types
of text (such as recipes or text messages). You will analyse various texts
on your own or in small groups and determine their situational context and
We are going to collect the characteristic variables, which you will then
use to actively produce your own texts. These texts, whose linguistic and
stylistic appropriateness will be discussed in class, form the basis for
the participants' individual portfolios on register.
At the end of the course, you will have developed your competence to