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M.A. theses

pdf M.A. theses guidelines (January 2008)

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1. Language & Culture / British Studies
1.1. Britain for the German reader

  • Selling Scotland - a linguistic analysis of tourist brochures
  • "Total quality": The language of (marketing) Bosch, Cardiff
  • "British Safe Eating" (BSE): How the food industry talks to consumers
  • "Customer Talk": the language of English citizens' advice brochures
  • "Nutrition Talk": a linguistic analysis of British sales brochures
  • "How to buy a house in England / Scotland": intercultural advice for Germans
  • How Scottish is the Edinburgh (Tringe) Festival - An analysis of Presentations in Scots and Gaelic
  • Marketing Scottish Whisky on www. Creating the right atmosphere (authenticity) through language
  • "St Andrews for kids". Presenting places for very young tourists in child-specific language and form

1.2. Germany for the English (speaker)

  • Chemnitz, not QUITE the German Cambridge: limits of a model tourist brochure
  • Philosophy, English and much more: advertising a TUC faculty on the internet

2. Computer applications
2.1. Internet Studies

  • German Internet pages in English
  • The language of English (internet) bulletin boards
  • The language of African/ ... internet newspapers in English
  • Advertising telecommunication/ ... companies around the wold in English (e.g. Nokia)

2.2. The language of computing

  • Special linguistic and semiotic features of e-mail messages
  • Understanding computer manuals
  • Developing a databank for technical terms in advertising, etc.

2.3. Software/Tools

  • T1: An analysis of a German - English translation program
  • Using computer-science terminology in common English [comparing the index of a computer-science textbook with the British National Corpus]
  • Comparing the lexicon of Early English text corpora [i.e. the Lampeter Corpus with the Helsinki Corpus]

3. Contrastive studies
3.1. based on the Chemnitz English - German translation corpus

  • The prepositions of and von: overlap and contrast in forms and functions
  • The preposition in in the Chemnitz English - German -translation corpus
  • Relative clauses in the Chemnitz English - German -translation corpus
  • Academic English by German Scientists
  • Aspect in contrast: a comparison of have+-ing with its German translation equivalents
  • Modal verbs in German and English: a comparison

3.2. general/applied

  • The language of British humour - and the reactions by Germans
  • A comparison of British/American/Australian advertising
  • Subtitling English films in language and culture