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Jach, Daniel  

Daniel Jach

Daniel Jach
Daniel Jach
Bau 98
Ernst-Abbe-Platz 8, Raum 607
07743 Jena
Telefon: +49 3641-9-44545

I am a PhD student and research assistant at the Department of English at the University of Jena. I specialize in Usage-Based Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. Since you're here, I would like to invite you to learn more about me.


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since 2014 Ph.D. Student, Cognitive Linguistics, U of Jena, GER
2014 M.A., German Linguistics, U of Jena, GER
2013 Study Visit, Multilingualism, U of Nijmegen, NL
2011 M.A., German studies, U of Knoxville, TN, USA
2010 B.A., German studies, U of Mannheim, GER

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since 2014 Research Assistant, Dep. of English, U of Jena, GER
04.2013-07.2013 Research Intern, Donder Institute Nijmegen, NL
08.2012-12.2012 Research  Assistant, Dep. of GFL, U of Jena, GER
09.2010-05.2011 Teaching  Assistant, Dep. of MFLL, U of Knoxville, TN, USA
02.2009-05.2010 Student Assistant, Dep. of German, U of Mannheim, GER
06.2006-08.2008 Freelance Reporter and Intern, Newspaper Main Echo, Aschaffenburg, GER

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2013/14 Student Scholarship, awarded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
2012/13 Student Scholarship, awarded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
2009/10 Tuition Fee Scholarship, awarded by U of Mannheim, GER
2008/09 Tuition Fee Scholarship, awarded by U of Mannheim, GER

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Jach, D. (2011). Eisenberg, Peter. Das Fremdwort im Deutschen. Lebende Sprachen, 56(2), 387-389.

show Content Community Service

01.2013 Organization of Graduate Student Conference on Linguistics, U of Jena, GER
2011-2014 Teaching German to Refugees with Amnesty International Jena

show Content Natrual Languages

German fluent/native
English fluent
Dutch basic
Chinese very basic

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LaTeX good
R sufficient


Second Language Acquisition

In this seminar, we will be concerned with the processes of acquiring a language in addition to one's native language. As the quote above illustrates, second language acquisition (SLA) is an extremely complex object of investigation. Therefore, we will cover not all but only selected parts of this highly diverse debate. In particular, we will address phenomena which highlight the dynamic, systemic and usage-based nature of SLA. This way, we will learn about the cognitive processes underlying not only SLA but language learning in general. Towards the end of the semester, the seminar will introduce methodological basics of SLA research and we will attempt to conduct some modest-sized empirical studies in preparation for the seminar papers. A final note: Even though SLA research is related to language pedagogy and cross-cultural communication studies, we will not explicitly address them. The seminar rather intends to outline the psycholinguistic background in which future teachers might ground their teaching methods and didactic decisions.

Summer 2016

Text and Discourse Linguistics

For a long time linguistics has focused on signs (Saussure) or sentences (Chomsky) as the essential elements of language. In this seminar we will focus on the "linguistically significant originary sign of language" (Hartmann 1968), on texts. We will come to see texts and discourse as communicative social practices and learn to analyse their structure and function at various levels. Moreover, we will talk about text types and genres, touch on cognitive theories of text comprehension and on the relation between discourse and power. Along with every theory, we will discuss empirical studies and come up with our own hypotheses and analyses.

Winter 2015/16

Introduction to Linguistics: Language Meaning and Use

This course is the second part of the introductory module in English linguistics. It will make students aware of the various functions of language in communication and of crucial aspects of the way in which meaning is communicated by means of language. Starting out from an introduction to basic aspects of communication in general, the seminar will cover major topics from semantics, concentrating on the meaning of morphemes, words and sentences, and various ways to investigate them. In order to understand how speakers communicate meanings/intentions in real contexts, the seminar will furthermore introduce the student to basic aspects of pragmatics and the study of language and thought.



Text and Discourse Linguistics  
Text and Discourse Linguistics  
2011 German Language Courses  
2009/10 Tutorials, Introduction to Linguistics  

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In my studies, I focus on the fields of Usage-Based Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. In other words, I am interested in the emergence of second language constructions from language use and language processing. In line with this, I see second language acquisition as a systemic, dynamic and usage-based phenomenon. I have received training in and continue to learn about quantitative methods of investigation and I feel particularly drawn to experimental linguistics.

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In my Ph.D. thesis, I will explore the second language acquisition of English oblique relative clauses. Using corpus linguistic and experimental methods, I hope to find evidence for an effect of sequentiality in language processing and other usage-based variables on language acquisition.  
In my unpublished Jena M.A. thesis, I report a repetition experiment which examined the effects of animacy and discourse status on the processing of subject and object RCs in advanced Chinese learners of German. A repeated measures ANOVA reveals that the subjects repeated object RCs significantly more accurately than subject RCs, in particular, when animacy and discourse status had a prototypical distribution (i.e., inanimate object, pronominal subject). This contradicts common structure-based hypotheses which predict a subject-object asymmetry in RC processing and acquisition. Instead, a usage-based explanation is developed. The thesis is in German. Thesis Copy
In my unpublished Knoxville M.A. thesis, I discuss various approaches to the description of text types using the example of Rainald Götz' novel Loslabern which is taken as representing what is known as 'broken' texts in literature studies. In a series of qualitative analyses, I attempt to show that Loslabern escapes common ways of describing text types. Instead, I propose to describe broken texts in a more dynamic way based on the notions of intertextuality and family resemblance. The thesis is in German. Thesis Copy
In my unpublished B.A. thesis, I analyse the German construction 'possessive dative' (e.g., zehn Tage nach unserer Ella ihre Geburt, Engl. 'ten days after our Ella her birth') common in spoken non-standard German. I argue that the possessive dative is particularly suitable for spoken informal language use, in particular, in establishing a common ground between interlocutors based on which new referents may be introduced. The thesis is in German. Thesis Copy

show Content Talks

  Daniel Jach (2016). On oblique relative clauses in learner English: A magnitude estimation acceptability judgement experiment. Cognitive Linguistics in Brno, Brno, October 2016.