Pragmatics in English Discourse Analysis
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Course code
GRA7233.HT
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Pragmaatika inglise diskursuse analüüsis
Course title in English
Pragmatics in English Discourse Analysis
ECTS credits
6.0
approximate amount of contact lessons
28
Teaching semester
spring
Assessment form
Examination
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
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lecturer of 2020/2021  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
Give an overview of traditional and contemporary approaches to the pragmatics of English discourse analysis, discussing it from linguistic, socio-cultural, text and context as well as diachronic and synchronic aspect. Provide a scientific view of both theoretical and applied angles of pragmatics, thereby achieving an up-to-date and systematic treatment of different types of discourse. Analyse peculiarities of English discourse from the non-native learner/ teacher perspective. View English discourse pragmatics as modern interdisciplinary science.
Brief description of the course
During the course, the following topics are covered: the concept of English discourse analysis pragmatics, its main terms and theoretical and application signposts; discourse analysis approaches including pedagogical and linguistic approach, conversation analysis, genre analysis, multimodal pragmatics, etc,; discourse structure, discourse markers, speech acts, silence, etc.; discourse types and domains, including pragmatics in classroom discourse, ledical, media and electronic discourse, etc. The students will be become aware of how the contxt defines text content and stucture, what the main characteristic features of diffent types of English discourse are and what their relationship to the learner’s first language pragmatics is.
Independent work
Independent work will consist in reading and summarising relevant research articles, independent pragmatic analysis of different text types, comarison of English texts to those written in the students’ first language, reparation for seminars, tests and final exam,
Learning outcomes in the course
Students will have an understanding of the main terms of discourse pragmatics and of traditional and contemporary approaches to the pragmatics of English discourse analysis from linguistic, socio-cultural, text and context as well as diachronic and synchronic aspect. They can identify and explain how the contxt defines text content and stucture in English discourse. They will know what the main characteristic features of diffent types of English discourse are and be able to compare and contrast them to their first language pragmatics.
Assessment methods
Participation in seminar discussion, pragmatic text analysis, research article summaries, test on terminology, final examination.
Teacher
Dotsent Ene Alas
Replacement literature
ARCHER, D. 2012. Pragmatics. Routledge Applied Linguistics.
CRUSE, A. 2011. Meaning in Language: An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics. Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics
SCHNEIDER, K. P. / A. Barron 2014. Pragmatics of Discourse. Handbooks of Pragmatics [Hops].
THORNBURY, S. 2007. Beyond the Sentence. Introducing Discourse Analysis. Macmillan Books for Teachers.
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