AJ52014 Topics in Linguistics

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2014
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 7 credit(s) (plus 3 credits for an exam). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Teacher(s)
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: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Timetable
each even Friday 12:30–14:05 G32
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.
Syllabus
  • 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
Literature
    required literature
  • Thornbury, Scott (2005) Beyond the Sentence. Introducing Discourse Analysis. Macmillan.
  • Simpson, Paul and Andrea Mayr (2010) Language and Power: A Resource Book for Students. London and New York: Routledge.
    recommended literature
  • Fairclough, Norman (2003) Analysing Discourse. Textual Analysis for Social Research. London: Routledge.
Teaching methods
class discussion, seminar work. Compulsory attendance/povinná docházka
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
English
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught once in two years.
General note: This course is NOT designated for Erasmus students! List of courses offerd by the Department of English and American studies for Erasmsus students is available at http://www.phil.muni.cz/wkaa/ under "Information for Erasmus students".
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: This course is NOT designated for Erasmus students! List of courses offerd by the Department of English and American studies for Erasmsus students is available at http://www.phil.muni.cz/wkaa/ under "Information for Erasmus students".
Information about innovation of course.
This course has been innovated under the project "Faculty of Arts as Centre of Excellence in Education: Complex Innovation of Study Programmes and Fields at FF MU with Regard to the Requirements of the Knowledge Economy“ – Reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0228, which is cofinanced by the European Social Fond and the national budget of the Czech Republic.

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The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2008, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2018.
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