PhD Student

Yinchun Bai Freiburg

Towards discourse markers
A cross-linguistic study of grammatical constructionalization

ErstbetreuerProf. Dr. Bernd Kortmann
ZweitbetreuerProf. Johan Van der Auwera
DisziplinAnglistik
Beginn Promotion10/2011
Statusin Bearbeitung

Discourse markers have been investigated from different perspectives, quite intensively in synchronic studies of their functions and morpho-syntactic features in the light of discourse analysis (Schiffrin, 1987; Fraser, 1990, 1999, 2009; Blakemore, 2004; Aijmer, 2013), and to a lesser extent in diachronic studies of their developmental paths (Brinton, 2008; Heine, 2013). The present research project combines perspectives of the grammaticalization theory (Hopper and Traugott, 2003) with Construction Grammar (Goldberg, 1995, 2003, 2006) and addresses the following two major questions: (1) What processes of change does a linguistic element / construction go through and what possible motivations are working to lead them towards a discourse marker? (2) Are there cross-linguistic generalizations to be made about the development of discourse markers in terms of both their syntactic sources and their semantic-pragmatic paths? In order to approach these questions, the present project uses the English just me construction to examine which features / behaviors it exhibits on its way of becoming a discourse marker and raises a hypothesis that a similar model can be found in other (emergent) discourse markers. Further, the present project develops a comparative approach to the study of (emergent) discourse markers. This is done through corpus-based analyses of expressions in different languages, respectively English and Chinese, in a common pragmatic domain: the topic-introduction functional domain. This project, therefore, helps to make the complex issues of actuation of a change and motivation for change of discourse markers become more transparent.

SprachenEnglisch, Deutsch, Chinesisch
ForschungsrichtungenConstruction Grammar, Grammaticalization, Pragmatics
SchlüsselwörterDiscourse marker, Construction Grammar, Grammaticalization, Pragmatics, corpus-based

Kontakt

Emailbaiyinchun@gmail.com
Raum1. OG
AdresseWertmann Str. 16
Freiburg

Curriculum Vitae

Studium:

Seit Okt. 2011
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
PhD in Englische Philologie (Betreuer: Bernd Kortmann)

Seit Mär. 2014
Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgien
Doppel-PhD in Lingusitics (Betreuer: Johan van der Auwera)

Apr. 2009 - Aug. 2011
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Master of Arts in European Linguistics (Note: 1,5)

Sept. 2004 - Jun. 2008
Tianjin Foreign Studies University, China
Bachelor of Arts (Fach: Englisch und International Business)

Praktika:

01. Sept. - 31. Okt. 2010
Center for Grammar, Cognition and Typology
University of Antwerp
Wissenschaftlerin in sprachwissenschaftlichem Bereich

13. - 26. Aug. 2006
Sino-German Joint Software Institute
Peking University of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Übersetzerin von wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten

Berufserfahrung:

Nov. 2011 - Sept. 2013
GeKo, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft

Nov. 2011 - Jul. 2012
FRIAS, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft

Seit Feb. 2010
Die Vokabel, Emmendingen, Deutschland
Freiberufliche Dozentin für den Kurs "Chinesisch für Anfänger"

Sept. 2007 - Mär. 2009
Global IELTS School, Tianjin, China
Freiberufliche private Dozentin mit dem Fokus auf der Aussprache in Englisch

01. - 06. Mai 2006
Canon, Gome, Tianjin, China
Unterstützende Aufgaben in der Instandhaltung und Logistik




News

HPCL, HPSL and the GRK 1624 gratulate Bernd Kortmann and his team (Katja Roller und Marten Juskan) on winning the Instructional Development Award 2016. Awarded was the project “FREDDIE (FReiburg English Dialect Database for Instruction and E-learning) – Eine multimediale Plattform für forschendes, korpusbasiertes Lernen.”
If you want to learn more about the project, click here (German version).
The online version of FRED (“Freiburg English Dialect Corpus”) is accessible on the website of the UB Freiburg.

The HPSL was attributed the official Eucor - The European Campus label.

TV-Beitrag (Komi mit russischen Untertiteln) über das Komi-Dokumentationsprojekt der Freiburg Research Group in Saami Studies

Junge Forscher statt alte Studenten (Bericht, uni'campus, 03/2014)

Halten Graduiertenschulen was sie versprechen? (Ute Schulze und Valentin Klotzbücher, Forschung&Lehre 5/14

Pilotstudie Ausbildungs- und Karrierewege Hermann Paul School of Linguistics: Abschlussbericht

Newsletter Issue no. 6: Deutsch

Newsletter Issue no. 5: Deutsch

Newsletter Issue no. 4: English

Newsletter Issue no. 3: English

Newsletter Issue no. 1&2: German English

Scholarships

PhD Scholarships Hermann Paul Scholarships in Linguistics 2014

The Hermann Paul Scholarships in Linguistics 2014 in Freiburg went to Sonya Kinsey and Uliana Schöller. Congratulations!

The Hermann Paul Scholarships in Linguistics 2014 in Basel went to Carolina Spiegel and Burak S. Tekin. Congratulations!

PhD Scholarship Promotionskolleg Empirische Linguistik (PEL) 2014

The PEL scholarship 2014 went to Hanna Thiele. Congratulations!

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