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LNGS3609: Text and Context

Discourse analysis is concerned with analysing how people create meaning(s) in a given social context. In this unit students will learn to apply linguistic methods to the analysis of discourse. Discourse includes both spoken and written language as well as images. Students will learn to apply a range of advanced linguistic methods to explore different discourse varieties and to study their organisation above the sentence level. A particular focus will be on the kinds of insights provided by different analytical techniques.

Code LNGS3609
Academic unit Linguistics
Credit points 6
(LNGS2601 and LNGS2624) or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Linguistics

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. By the end of this unit a student will be able to: - demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of discourse anlaysis analysis
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of the dependencies between various discourse systems and their role in realising context
  • LO3. understand and deploy argumentation to motivate descriptions and choose among competing options
  • LO4. read and understand academic articles in the field of discourse analysis
  • LO5. apply advanced technical and conceptual skills to measure and analyse similarities and differences between texts from the perspective of discourse anlaysis
  • LO6. begin working independently to research and analyze texts in innovative ways; begin to able to undertake discourse analysis projects independently and in collaboration with mentors and peers
  • LO7. appreciate potential applications of discourse analysis in educational, clinical and forensic contexts

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