Welcome to the Writing Centre of the Department of Linguistics

The Writing Centre offers support regarding questions on term papers or theses.  Central to our service are the specific requirements for term papers and theses in linguistics.


Among other topics the Writing Centre offers support regarding the following questions:

  • How do I find a topic for my term paper?
  • How do I find the relevant literature?
  • How do I cite correctly?
  • How do I formulate in a comprehensible and "scientific" way?
  • Which formal aspects have to be considered when writing a term paper or thesis in linguistics?
  • How do I structure my term paper?
  • What do I write in the introduction?

Overview of the Service:

Services

Office Hours

Individual support can be given during the office hours on Thursdays from 9:30 to 12:00 in G 102, or by appointment

During the office hours we deal with general questions regarding academic writing but also with specific ones concerning e.g. a term paper. It is also possible to bring your term paper or parts of your thesis with you. 

Seminar: Academic Writing for Linguists

The above named topics (as well as others) are also dealt with in the seminar Academic Writing for Linguists. The course is taught every semester and is recommended to all students who have to write a term paper in linguistics.

Guidelines and other Topics regarding Academic Writing

  • Guidelines for Writing an Academic Paper
    This handout summarizes some important aspects about writing an academic paper. If your lecturer has other requirements regarding a term paper, they have of course priority over the guidelines given here.

  • Guidelines for Citing and Creating your Bibliography
    This handout summarizes the most important rules regarding citing and referring to literature in an academic paper. It also includes information on correctly formatting your bibliography. If your lecturer has other requirements regarding a term paper, they have of course priority over the guidelines given here.

  • "Unified Style Sheet" for EndNote
    This citation style can be added to EndNote. It follows the rules of the Unified Style Sheet and the "Guidelines for Citing and Creating your Bibliography" of the department of Linguistics.

  • German version of "Unified Style Sheet" for EndNote
    This is the German version of the "Unified Style Sheet" for EndNote.

  • Citation style "SP.bst" for LaTex
    The journal "Semantics & Pragmatics" offers a template for the English BibTex-Version, that is in large parts identical to the "Unified Style Sheet" and which also conforms to the "Guidelines for Citing and Creating your Bibliography " of the Department. Put \usepackage{natbib}, \bibpunct[: ]{(}{)}{,}{a}{}{,} and \bibliographystyle{sp} in your preamble.
  • German citation style "SP_deutsch.bst" for LaTex
    This German citation style is an adaptation of the one offered in the journal "Semantics & Pragmatics". If you want to use it,  put \usepackage{natbib}, \bibpunct[: ]{(}{)}{,}{a}{}{,} and \bibliographystyle{sp_deutsch} in your preamble. .

Other services at the University of Konstanz regarding "Academic Writing"

  • The Schreibzentrum of the University of Konstanz offers interdisciplinary workshops regarding academic writing. The Writing Centre of the Deaprtment of Linguistics and the Writing Centre of the University work closely together. The Writing Centre of the Department of Linguistics focusses on the special requirements in linguistics. The Writing Centre of the University focusses on interdisciplinary requirements, e.g. different writing styles, the process of writing, or overcoming a writer's block.
  • The Office for Equal Opportunity, Family Affairs and Diversity offers special services for students with German as a second or third language, e.g.  Schreibseminare und Schreibdialoge.

The Writing Centre of the Department of Linguistics is part of the project b3 - beraten, begleiten, beteiligen (Qualitätspakt Lehre).