UNIVERSITY OF SZEGED

DOCTORAL SCHOOL IN LINGUISTICS

 

THE GOALS OF THE PROGRAM

The program aims at training experts who have general knowledge in the most important fields of German linguistics, can follow the academic discussion on their own, and can achieve new scientific results in at least one of these areas. They publish regularly in German, and present their research results at conferences.

One of the most important goals of the program is to show how theoretical knowledge can be used in empirical research. Through the training students can learn to broaden their knowledge through intra- (e.g. historical) and interlingual contrastive analyses.


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS - 2016

Language of instruction: German

8 semesters – total credits: 240


1. Obligatory requirements (200 credits)


a) Research

1. research leading to the dissertation, total of 170 credits, as follows: 10 each in semesters 1 and 2, and 25 in the semesters 3 through 8.

Research leading to the dissertation, as specified by the dissertation advisor.

The research requirement involves completion of a research report in each of the first two semesters of coursework, to be accepted by the dissertation advisor, and the completion of a publishable paper in each of the semesters 3 through 6.

In semesters 7 and 8, completed chapters of the dissertation are to be handed in and an oral presentation based on them to be given for the successful fulfillment of the research credits.


b) Obligatory courses: 6 (contact hours: 2 hours weekly, 5 credits per course, total of 30 credits)


Semester 1:

1. Contrastive studies of German and Hungarian (Péter Bassola)


Semester 1–2:

Five of the following:

1. Syntax (Péter Bassola)

2. Morphology (György Scheibl)

3. Lexikology, lexicography (Tamás Kispál)

4. Textlinguistics (Ewa Drewnowska-Vargáné)

5. Historical linguistics (Péter Bassola)

6. Cognitive linguistics (Kertész András)

7. Pragmatics (Ewa Drewnowska-Vargáné)

8. Semantics (György Scheibl)

9. Dialectology (guest teacher)

10. Phonetics, phonology (Andreas Nolda)


2. Optional requirements (total of 40 credits, 20 of them to be completed in semesters 1–4 and 20 in semesters 5–8, fulfilled in any combination of the five categories of requirements below)


a) Optional courses (from other programs within the Doctoral School of Linguistics): 4 credits each (a maximum of one per semester, to be taken with the approval of the program director and dissertation advisor)


b) Directed study (with dissertation advisor) (4 credits per semester)


c) Conference presentations (individually authored or co-authored presentation or poster presentation listed in the conference program)

poster presentation in Hungarian1

poster presentation in a foreign language2

oral conference presentation in Hungarian4

oral conference presentation in a foreign language5


d) Publications

publication in Hungarian4

publication in foreign language5


d) Teaching (one one-hour seminar course of 14 weeks: 2 credits; a maximum of 8 credits per semester, and a total of 48 credits as per University of Szeged Regulations of Doctoral Studies and Conferring the Doctoral Degree).


CURRENT TEACHERS AND SUPERVISORS

Vilmos Ágel (University of Kassel)
Péter Bassola (University of Szeged)

András Kertész (University of Debrecen)

Tamás Kispál  (University of Göttingen)
Andreas Nolda (University of Szeged)

György Scheibl (University of Szeged)
Ewa Drewnowska-Vargáné (University of Szeged)

Gisela Zifonun (University of Mannheim / Institut für Deutsche Sprache)


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The German Linguistics Programme, in accordance with the basic principles of the Graduate School in Linguistics, prescribes the following courses:

During the first four terms, lectures and seminars are given either as class-room courses or as tutorials (even in bigger blocks) pending on the decision of the teacher. In the 1st term three courses per week, in the remaining three terms two courses per week are required. Students take mandatory courses in the first two terms, while later on they can choose from the offered optional courses.

In accordance with the requirements of the Graduate School in Linguistics, by the 5th or 6th terms students must choose the precise topic of the dissertation and the supervisor. They are expected to collect material for the dissertation and to spend a term abroad if possible.

Total credits: 240


1. Obligatory requirements (200 credits)


a) Research

1. research leading to the dissertation, total of 170 credits, as follows: 10 each in semesters 1 and 2, and 25 in the semesters 3 through 8.

Research leading to the dissertation, as specified by the dissertation supervisor.

The research requirement involves completion of a research report in each of the first two semesters of coursework, to be accepted by the dissertation supervisor, and the completion of a publishable paper in each semesters 3 through 6.

In semesters 7 and 8, completed chapters of the dissertation are to be handed in and an oral presentation based on them to be given for the successful fulfillment of the research credits.


b) Obligatory courses: 6 (contact hours: 2 hours weekly, 5 credits per course, total of 30 credits)

Semester 1:

  1. 1.Contrastive studies of German and Hungarian (Péter Bassola)


Semester 2:

1. Syntax (Péter Bassola)

2. Morphology (György Scheibl)

3. Lexikology, lexicography (Tamás Kispál)

4. Textlinguistics (Ewa Drewnowska-Vargáné)

5. Historical linguistics (Péter Bassola)

6. Cognitive linguistics (Kertész András)

7. Pragmatics (Ewa Drewnowska-Vargáné)

8. Semantics (György Scheibl)

9. Dialectology (guest teacher)

  1. 10.Phonetics, phonology (Andreas Nolda)


2. Optional requirements (total of 40 credits, 20 of them to be completed in semesters 1–4 and 20 in semesters 5–8, fulfilled in any combination of the five categories of requirements below)


a) Optional courses (from other programs within the Doctoral School of Linguistics): 4 credits each (a maximum of one per semester, to be taken with the approval of the program director and dissertation supervisor)


b) Directed study (with dissertation supervisor) (4 credits per semester)


c) Conference presentations (individually authored or co-authered presentation or poster presentation listed in the conference program)

poster presentation in Hungarian1

poster presentation in a foreign language2

oral conference presentation in Hungarian4

oral conference presentation in a foreign language5


d) Publications

publication in Hungarian4

publication in foreign language5


e) Teaching (one one-hour seminar course of 14 weeks: 2 credits; a maximum of 8 credits per semester, and a total of 48 credits as per University of Szeged’s Regulations of Doctoral Studies and Conferring the Doctoral Degree)


PUBLISHING OPTIONS

Link to the journals advised by the Doctoral School of Linguistics to publish in: http://nydi.szte.hu/Journals.html




RESEARCH TOPICS


1: Valency

1.a: German – Hungarian noun valency
1.b: Theory and practice of valency

2: History of German

2.a: The development of Modern High German
2.b: Modern High German (in Hungary)

3: Contrastive linguistics, typology

4: Morphology

5: Semantics

6: Text linguistics

7: Pragmatics


Research topics and supervisors


Vilmos Ágel:
Grammar of Modern High German and Contemporary German

Grammatical changes

Relationship between written and spoken language in Modern High German and Contemporary German

Dependency grammar – Valency theory

Grammar of literature

Grammar of the noun group


Péter Bassola:
History of German

Grammar of Contemporary German

Contrastive analyses

Language typology


András Kertész:

Theoretical and German linguistics


Tamás Kispál:

Phraseology

Cognitive linguistics

Lexical semantics

Lexicography

Lexicology

Text linguistics


Andreas Nolda:

General linguistics and German linguistics: lexicology, phonology, study of writing, morphology, syntax, semantics

Primarily: word formation, flexion, numerals, prepositions, postpositions


György Scheibl:

Morphology: description of the German language, German grammar in typological approach

Contrastive linguistics (German, Hungarian, English, French, Russian, Latin, Spanish, Arabic)

Language typology

Semantics: ambiguity of noun groups in plural


Ewa Drewnowska-Vargáné:

Text linguistics

Text grammar

Stylistic

Pragmalinguistics

Conversation analysis

Contrastive textology

Contrastive analysis of discourse


Gisela Zifonun:

German grammar

Grammaticography

Language typology

Contrastive linguistics

Language theory


INFRASTRUCTURE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS


Ph.D. students can use the university library as well as have their own shared office with computers.


CONDITIONS OF ADMISSION

List of readings:
1. obligatory literature for all candidates:

Ferdinand de Saussure: Course in General Linguistics
2. two of the following works, especially those relevant to the research topic of the candidate:

a) Peter von Polenz: Deutsche Sprachgeschichte. 3 Bde. W. de Gruyter Verlag, Berlin / New York, 1991 / 1994 / 1999
b) Hans Jürgen Heringer: Deutsche Syntax – dependentiell. Stauffenburg Verlag, Tübingen, 1996

c) Juhász János (ed.): Kontrastive Studien. Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 1980

d) Juhász János: Probleme der Interferenz. Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 1970


Candidates have to submit at least 2 weeks before the entrance exam a 20-page long paper (e.g. part of their MA thesis). In the exam candidates should be able to sketch their research projects and to speak fluent German.

Apart from speaking German, candidates have to understand written and spoken English.



PROGRAM GRADUATES


György Scheibl (supervisor: Márta Maleczki), 2005. Current position: associate professor at the Department of German Linguistics of the University of Szeged


János Németh (supervisor: Péter Bassola), 2008. Current position: freelance researcher


Attila Németh (supervisor: Csaba Földes), 2009. Current position: professor at the College of Linz


Tamás Kispál (supervisor: András Kertész), 2010. Current position: language teacher at the Department of Intercultural German Studies of the University of Göttingen


Rozália Hum (supervisor: Péter Bassola), 2010. Current position: vice director of the Antal Budai Nagy High School (Budapest)


Dániel Czicza (supervisor: Vilmos Ágel), 2011. Current position: assistant research fellow at the Institute of German Studies of the Univeristy of Gießen


Gabriella Gárgyán (supervisor: Péter Bassola), 2011. Current position: teacher at the Endre Ságvári High School (Szeged)


Orsolya Rauzs (supervisor: Vilmos Ágel), 2016. Current position: assistant lecturer at the Department of German Linguistics of the University of Szeged


Other Ph.D. graduates


Ewa Drewnowska-Vargáné (supervisor: Péter Bassola), 1998. Former Humboldt research fellow. Current position: leader of the Department of German Linguistics of the University of Szeged, teacher and supervisor in the doctoral program


Eszter Gombocz, 2001. Current position: lecturer at the János Wesley College (Budapest)


Ph.D. graduates of other universities with supervisors from the University of Szeged


Krisztina Molnár (supervisor: Péter Bassola), 2007 (University of Pécs). Former Humboldt research fellow at the IdS Mannheim. Current position: senior lecturer at the Department of German Linguistics of the University of Pécs 



GERMAN LINGUISTICS


Programme director: Prof. em. Péter Bassola

Department of German Linguistics

H-6722 Szeged, Egyetem u. 2. Hungary

Phone: +36-62-544-504

Fax: +36-62-544-249

E-mail: bassola at lit.u-szeged.hu

Web: http://nydi.szte.hu/Nemet_nyelveszet.html