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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
Jach, D. (2011). Eisenberg, Peter. Das Fremdwort im Deutschen. Lebende Sprachen, 56(2), 387-389.
|01.2013||Organization of Graduate Student Conference on Linguistics, U of Jena, GER|
|2011-2014||Teaching German to Refugees with Amnesty International Jena|
Second Language Acquisition
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.
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|
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.
|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|
|Daniel Jach (2016). On oblique relative clauses in learner English: A magnitude estimation acceptability judgement experiment. Cognitive Linguistics in Brno, Brno, October 2016.|