AJ52014 Topics in Linguistics

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2008
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Jan Chovanec, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Jeffrey Alan Vanderziel, B.A.
Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Tomáš Kačer, Ph.D.
Fri 3. 10. 13:20–14:55 G22, Fri 17. 10. 13:20–14:55 G22, Fri 7. 11. 13:20–14:55 G22, Fri 21. 11. 13:20–14:55 G22, Fri 5. 12. 13:20–14:55 G22
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of this course is to explore various approaches to the study of discourse. It combines theoretical discussion and practical analysis of various texts. Aims of the course * To raise awareness of the use of language in various social contexts. * To explore the ways subjectivity may be coded in language. * To learn some basic tools for textual analysis / discourse analysis. * To become sensitive to the interface between verbal and visual communication, mainly in the media and other public contexts. The approaches applied in this course include: textual analysis, discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, multimodal studies.
  • Class 1 Practical analysis Language in a social context Class 2 Social analysis, discourse analysis, text analysis Texts, social events and social practices Intertextuality and assumptions The rhetorical patterns of tabloid language Class 3 Genres and action Genres and generic structure Meaning relations between sentences and clauses Clauses: types of exchange, speech functions and grammatical mood Class 4 Discourses and representations Discourses Representations of social events Class 5 Styles and identities Styles Modality and evaluation Conclusion
  • Fairclough, Norman (2003) Analysing Discourse. Textual Analysis for Social Research. London: Routledge.
  • Thornbury, Scott (2005) Beyond the Sentence. Introducing Discourse Analysis. Macmillan.
Assessment methods
Instruction: seminar; active participation is necessary - discussion of issues based on independent reading. Written test at the end of the course. Analytical essay on a selected topic. Assessment * Attendance * Class participation (homeworks) * Final test * Analytical essay (materials of one's choice) - within the theoretical frameworks discussed in your reading.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught once in two years.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 5x2.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2010, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2018.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2008, recent)
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