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Discourse Linguistics 
SeBEN08z22
Course with introduction to theoretical aspects
2
Summer semester 2020
Fach Fach Englisch
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“Discourse analysis examines how stretches of language, considered in their full textual, social, and psychological context, become meaningful and unified for their users.” (Cook, 1989, p. viii)
“It considers what people mean by what they say, how they work out what people mean and the way language presents different views of the world and different understandings. This includes an examination of how discourse is shaped by relationships between participants, and the effects discourse has upon social identities and relations.” (Paltridge, 2013, p. 12)

This course is intended to give a comprehensive overview over different approaches to discourse analysis by providing students with basic knowledge on the relationship between:
• language and context
• discourse and society
• discourse and genre
• discourse and conversation
• discourse and grammar

This initial, theoretical part will then lead to the practical application of various approaches to discourse and genre analysis. In doing so, different linguistic features (such text structure, vocabulary range and choice, kinds of processes and participants, modality,…) will be paired with various genres (such as news reporting, print advertisements, political speeches, romantic fiction,…) to exemplify how to conduct an empirical analysis of a specific corpus. Throughout the semester, students will be given short tasks that will lead them step by step to a research project of their own. Students will be given a selection of possible research topics among which they will be asked to choose their specific focus, i.e. to compile a small specialized corpus of texts (e.g. transcripts of sitcoms, cartoons,…) from everyday life and to select a specific linguistic feature (e.g. puns and rhetorical tropes,…) in order to draw conclusions about a wider linguistic issue (e.g. humour in the mass media).
As a first step, students will be asked to hand in a reading report of a text they were given. Step two will be to fill in a short research draft (including an abstract, the preliminary outline, the central research question, the preliminary bibliography,…) which will then be presented in class (5 minutes) in order to receive (peer) feedback. In a third step, students will conduct a small empirical analysis of their own.
E B 5.1 Einstufungstest / placement test from week one
Note:
Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for "E B 9.2 PS Applied Linguistics" in the 6th semester.
The aim of this course is to provide students with a profound understanding of the basic concepts in the field of discourse analysis theory. Upon successful completion of this seminar, students will be able to:
• understand and apply core theories in discourse analysis to various genres of everyday life
• describe the relationship between discourse and society/genre/conversation/grammar
• find suitable research papers for their research project and read them critically
• conduct a research project of their own (compile their own corpus, analyze the selected data and visualize and interpret their findings)
English

Variation of learning methods: individual work, group work, pair work, …
The workload amounts to 75 hours. Around 20 hours are allocated to class time. 20 hours are calculated for reading and preparing for tests, while around 35 hours are reserved for 2 assignments and a term paper.
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Für die Anmeldung zur Teilnahme müssen Sie sich in PH-Online als Studierende/r identifizieren.
Note: In order to register for this course, students need to have an account on PH-Online.
Registration for this course will be on PH-Online.
Angaben zur Prüfung
siehe Stellung im Studienplan
Continuous assessment encompasses:
- attendance and active in-class participation
- regular reading assignments
- in-class exercises
- two assignments (including a short presentation of the research draft)
- mid-term exam
- final exam
- term paper (with a practical focus)
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Note: continuous assessment

In order to pass the course, students need to achieve at least 60% in the sum of all the individual tasks (i.e. midterm exam, final exam, term paper, assignments and participation). Moreover, the sum of the percentages of the midterm and the final exam need to be at least 60%, as well as the percentage for the term paper.
continuous assessment
Zusatzinformationen
Paltridge, B. (2013). Discourse analysis: An introduction. Bloomsbury discourse series. London: Bloomsbury.
Delin, J. (2000). The language of everyday life: An introduction. London: Sage Publications.
Widdowson, H. G. (2008). Discourse analysis. Oxford introductions to language study. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press.
Additional literature will be offered on Moodle.