Genericity in German Colonial Discourse

Sep 20, 2012, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Tower Room, 1879 Hall
Event Description

In my talk, I attempt to outline a perspective on the linguistic phenomenon of Genericity as a way to investigate shared knowledge in the historical context of German colonialism. On a theoretical level, I try to conceptualize Genericity as an index for shared knowledge in German colonial discourse, and I suggest a methodical approach to analyze generic language as a means of communication the levels of text, syntax, and lexicon of the language use in texts of the German colonial era. I hope for a critical discussion of my approach to further the investigation.