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LIN 199SEM - Ub Seminar-Language Of Storytelling
Ub Seminar-Language Of Storytelling B Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   22244   Enrollment Capacity:   28
Section:   B   Enrollment Total:   29
Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   0
Dates:   08/29/2022 - 12/09/2022   Status:   CLOSED

This class has multiple meeting patterns:

T R,  9:30 AM - 10:50 AM,  Knox 110,  North Campus
T R,  9:30 AM - 10:50 AM,  Talbrt 111,  North Campus
Narrative or story telling as a genre is an ancient one. Narratives have been produced and consumed by individuals and communities probably for tens of thousands of years, in myths, rituals, history, literary arts, fairy tales, everyday conversations, and even internal monologues. Narratives appear to be fundamental to our existence. Personal narratives often act like a mental thread that connects the scattered beads of moments in our lives, urging us to go on in psychic continuity and solidifying our boundaries as individuals. In fictional narratives, a particular story with particular characters in specific time and place never stops there. It always points toward something bigger, something universal. Something that is common to all human experiences and thus relatable. Causally or consequentially connected events and explanations for their occurrences give us a frame of reference for understanding how the world works, influencing our beliefs and affecting our actions. This seminar will discuss various aspects of narratives, focusing on their linguistic features. It aims to contextualize the `logical┐ rather than the `stylistic┐ aspect of narratives within the range of current issues in the interdisciplinary study of narratives being conducted in linguistics, philosophy, literature, cognitive science, and Artificial Intelligence. Scholarly interests in narratives or story-telling, which have been traditionally confined to humanities, are currently rising in many social scientific disciplines. Discourse and literary studies on narratives are focused on pragmatic and stylistic factors, such as genre expectations and character analyses, and pay relatively little attention to the exact linguistic forms that are used and how their formal meanings expand to express the author┐s and the characters┐ viewpoints and intentions. On the other hand, because the field of linguistics is mostly concerned with sentence-level structure and meaning, few studies have been devoted to describing the nature of narratives. We will discuss and examine ways to bridge that divide. More specifically, we will linguistically analyze different nominal forms, temporal forms, speech/thought representation, and expressive language used in story-telling through corpus and literary works and apply linguistic analytic tools to better understand their meaning, use, and literary effects. Through this academic exploration, students will not only gain critical thinking skills but also skills in studying and time management, research, writing, and speaking.
Enrollment Requirements
Prerequisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  Course Description
The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.
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