AJL12104 Introduction to Stylistics

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2022
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Jana Pelclová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Jana Pelclová, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Tue 8:00–9:40 N41
Prerequisites (in Czech)
AJL01002 Practical English II || AJ01002 Practical English II
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/25, only registered: 0/25
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course combines the Czech and Anglo-American stylistics traditions. The objective is to make students understand the functional interpretation and construction of texts of both literary and non-literary character, and to distinguish a number of stylistic devices used in a number of different registers (e.g. register of newspapers and magazines, advertising, face-to-face interaction, comics etc.).
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students will be able to: - understand the key concepts and definitions in stylistics; - distinguish different registers - recognize different linguistic patterns used as stylistic devices; - applying register anlysis on non-literary texts; - applying genre analysis on literary texts.
  • 1. Key terms in stylistics 2. Face-to-face conversation and its stylization in fiction 3. Public speeches 4. Narrative stylistics 5. Register of press 6. Register of academic writing 7. Language and gender 8. Register of advertising 9. Register of comics
    required literature
  • BIBER, Douglas and Susan CONRAD. Register, genre, and style. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009, ix, 344. ISBN 9780521860604. info
  • SARACENI, Mario. The language of comics. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 2003, ix, 110. ISBN 0415286700. info
  • GODDARD, Angela. The language of advertising : written texts. 2nd ed. London: Routledge, 2002, x, 131 s. ISBN 0-415-27802-3. info
  • REAH, Danuta. The language of newspapers. 2nd ed. London: Routledge, 2002, x, 126 s. ISBN 0-415-27804-X. info
  • PRIDHAM, Francesca. The language of conversation. First published. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2001, ix, 96. ISBN 9780415229647. info
  • GODDARD, Angela and Lindsey Meân PATTERSON. Language and gender. New York: Routledge, 2000, vi, 122. ISBN 0415201772. info
  • MCLOUGHLIN, Linda. The language of magazines. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 2000, xii, 115. ISBN 0415214246. info
    recommended literature
  • WALES, Katie. A dictionary of stylistics. 2nd ed. Harlow: Longman, 2001, viii, 429. ISBN 0582317371. info
  • LEECH, Geoffrey N. and Mick SHORT. Style in fiction : a linguistic introduction to English fictional prose. London: Longman, 1981, xiii, 402. ISBN 0582291038. info
Teaching methods
Practical seminars. Required pre-class readings. Seminars - discussion and text analysis.
Assessment methods
Assessment: attendance (10 pts.) + texts submission (10 pts.) + 3 e-tests (40 pts.) + final oral presentation (40 pts.). To pass the course, the minimum score is 70 pts.
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
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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Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Spring 2023, Autumn 2023, Autumn 2024.
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