|Course code module||FLWTKM0140|
|Study load (hours)||168|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 2nd semester|
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Familiarity with the basics of linguistic pragmatics (as represented in Stephen Levinson, 1983, Pragmatics, Cambridge University Press, and/or Jef Verschueren, 1999, Understanding Pragmatics, Edward Arnold/Oxford University Press).
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
The ability to carry out original, theoretically and methodologically well-founded, research on language use in the public sphere.
3. Course content
The purpose of this course is to explore the ways in which language contributes to the shaping of socially and politically important views and debates. Using linguistic pragmatics (in its broadest sense as the cognitive, social and cultural science of language use) as a theoretical-methodological starting point, language use in the public sphere – specifically in media, politics, and public education efforts – is investigated. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between language and ideology. In order to address this issue, a significant section of the course will be devoted to pragmatics-inspired methodology for discourse-based ideology research.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: Seminars (possible question and answer sessions)
Personal work: Project-based work - individual
5. Assessment method
Continuous assessment: AssignmentsCase studiesParticipation in classroom activities
6. Compulsory reading – study material
Available through the bookstore:
Paul Chilton, 2004, Analysing Political Discourse: Theory and Practice. London: Routledge.
Steven Clayman & John Heritage, 2002, The News Interview: Journalists and Public Figures on the Air. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press.
Available through the bookstore or provided by the teacher (depending on the actula date of publication):
Baudouin Dupret, 2010/2011, Practices of Truth. Antwerp: University Press of Antwerp.
Jef Verschueren, 2011, Ideology in Language Use: Pragmatic Guidelines for Empirical Research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
7. Recommended reading - study material
Ron Scollon, 2008, Analyzing Public Discourse: Discourse Analysis in the Making of Public Policy. London: Routledge.