Written and oral exams Prof. Miriam Locher

General comments
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BA exam
If you wish to take your BA exam with Prof. Locher, please inform yourselves about the regulations on this website and use the following link to obtain further information: Topics and reading.

Please note that the requirements concerning the number of topics differs for students who study with the BA-05 study plan  (3 topics to prepare; two questions will be provided, one has to be answered) and the BA-13 study plan (two topics to prepare, one question only).

 

MA (auslaufend) in English oral exam 
- You need to indicate one topic in linguistics (the other has to be prepared in literature).

-  Finding a topic: The topic should not be identical with the title/scope of a course previously taken; in other words, the topic cannot be a general theme in linguistics (e.g. ‘the history of English’, ‘language and emotion’, etc. is too broad). Instead, you should find a particular research focus within your field of interest and find the latest publications on this focus in the linguistic databases. Usually you will complement literature on this focus with important publications on the theme. For example, your focus might be so novel that there are no monographs published yet. In this case, the two required monographs may be on the more general theme.

- You need to submit a reading list of 10 texts (formatted according to the departmental style sheet).

- Two of these ten texts have to be monographs.

- The topic and reading list have to be approved by ML.

- Two weeks prior to the exam, you send ML a sheet of paper with 10 theses on the topic.

- A thesis is a statement about the topic that can be discussed during the exam.
- The theses should demonstrate that you have thought about your topic and it should make links between your reading. This means that there shouldn't simply be one thesis per text.

 


MA (2013) in English oral exam 
- You need to decide whether you want to be examined in "English Linguistics" or in "Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies".

- You need to indicate two topics in the chosen discipline.

-  Finding topics: The topic should not be identical with the title/scope of a course previously taken; in other words, the topic cannot be a general theme in linguistics (e.g. ‘the history of English’, ‘language and emotion’, etc. is too broad). Instead, you should find a particular research focus within your field of interest and find the latest publications on this focus in the linguistic databases. Usually you will complement literature on this focus with important publications on the theme. For example, your focus might be so novel that there are no monographs published yet. In this case, the two required monographs may be on the more general theme.

- You need to submit a reading list of 10 texts (formatted according to the departmental style sheet) per topic. Two of these ten texts have to be monographs.

- The topics and reading lists have to be approved by ML.

- Two weeks prior to the exam, you send ML a sheet of paper with 10 theses per topic. A thesis is a statement about the topic that can be discussed during the exam. The theses should demonstrate that you have thought about your topic and it should make links between your reading. This means that there shouldn't simply be one thesis per text.

 

MA 'Sprache und Kommunikation' oral exam 
- You need to indicate two topics (the other two topics have to be prepared for another examinor in linguistics).

-  Finding topics: The topic should not be identical with the title/scope of a course previously taken; in other words, the topic cannot be a general theme in linguistics (e.g. ‘the history of English’, ‘language and emotion’, etc. is too broad). Instead, you should find a particular research focus within your field of interest and find the latest publications on this focus in the linguistic databases. Usually you will complement literature on this focus with important publications on the theme. For example, your focus might be so novel that there are no monographs published yet. In this case, the two required monographs may be on the more general theme.

- You need to submit a reading list of 10 texts per topic (formatted according to the departmental style sheet).

- Two of these ten texts per topic have to be monographs.

- The topics and reading lists have to be approved by ML.

- Two weeks prior to the exam, you send ML a sheet of paper with 10 theses per topic.

- A thesis is a statement about the topic that can be discussed during the exam.

- The theses should demonstrate that you have thought about your topic and it should make links between your reading. This means that there shouldn't simply be one thesis per text.