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In this course, students will critically engage with various approaches to discourse and discourse analysis (DA). While our main focus will be on approaches to discourse within linguistics at large, we will also learn about the social turn in linguistics, including some of the convergences between linguistics and social sciences (e.g. Foucault).

We will first study the foundations of linguistic discourse studies based on analyses of texts and spoken interaction; then we extend the scope of the course to ways in which social issues can be the focus of DA studies. In the latter part of the course, we will move to more recent developments within discourse studies, and linguistic approaches will be complemented with the pivotal concepts of social action and mediation (including questions of multimodality).

Varieties of English will be featured in the empirical contexts discussed, along with small samples of other languages. The course literature is in English.

This course comprises 20 to 28 hours of contact teaching (arranged mostly every second week through the whole spring term), selected readings, groupwork assignments, and individual assignments. Assignments can be written, oral, or multisemiotic, and their details will be agreed upon at the first two meetings. Assessment will be done on a continuous, processual basis (with an emphasis on self-assessment) as well as on the basis of the finalized assignments.


Chapters and short excerpts, including from the following (some of which optional):

- Johnstone, Barbara (2002 / 2008). Discourse analysis, pp. 1–31 (Chapter 1). Blackwell.
- Hyland, K., & B. Paltridge (Eds.), 2011. Continuum Companion to Discourse Analysis. Introduction and Part I, Ch. 1 (pp.1–21).
- Reisigl, M. & R. Wodak (2001) Discourse and Discrimination : Rhetorics of Racism and Antisemitism. Ch. 1 (pp. 1–30). Routledge.
- Scollon, R. (2001). Mediated Discourse: the Nexus of Practice. Ch. 1 (pp. 1–18), “Mediated discourse: a discursive theory of human action”.
- Jones, R. (2013). Multimodal Discourse Analysis. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, Ed. Carol A. Chapelle. Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0813
- Scollon, R. (2005). Discourses of food in the world system.
- Jones, R. (2011). Constructing and consuming displays in online environments.
- Kytölä, S. & J. Androutsopoulos (2012). Ethnographic Perspectives on Multilingual Computer-Mediated Discourse.
- Thurlow, C. (2017). Digital discourse: Locating language in new/social media. In J. Burgess, T. Poell & A. Marwick (eds), Handbook of Social Media. New York: Sage.
- Lyons, A. (2018). Multimodal expression in written digital discourse: The case of kineticons.

10.12.2019 at 09:00 - 8.1.2020 at 23:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Tue 21.1.2020
16:15 - 17:45
Fri 24.1.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 4.2.2020
16:15 - 17:45
Fri 7.2.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 14.2.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 18.2.2020
16:15 - 17:45
Fri 13.3.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 17.3.2020
16:15 - 17:45
Fri 20.3.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 31.3.2020
16:15 - 17:45
Fri 3.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 17.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 24.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 28.4.2020
16:15 - 17:45


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