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Synchronic Linguistics: Pragmatics and Discourse

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Maria Rosa Garrido Sardà
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2017 -> 2017

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


Upon completion of the course students should
- have acquired knowledge about the main concepts in pragmatics and discourse analysis, situate them within a specific theoretical framework, and establish connections among them.
- be able to apply the concepts learned to the description and comprehension of language use, including one's own.
- be able to analyse English language textual and conversational data within a specific theoretical framework.
- be critically aware of the limitations of the studied models and theories to the analysis of a concrete problem or question.
- have developed the ability to present their research results in written form.
- be able to comprehend an original research article.


This course offers an introduction to the fields of pragmatics and discourse analysis in English linguistics. We will apply theoretical frameworks and concepts to analyses of oral interactions and written texts from socio-interactional and critical discursive perspectives. Talk and discourse are conceived as a situated social tool to accomplish goals in interpersonal, social and cultural contexts.

1. Introduction to pragmatics
2. Speech Act Theory: Talk as social action
3. Politeness Theory: The interpersonal dimension of language use
4. Conversation Analysis: The pragmatics of small-scale interaction
5. Critical Discourse Analysis: Power, social inequality and ideology


1 Assignment 1: Politeness Theory (Individual) 1000 (± 10%) 20%
2 Assignment 2: Conversation Analysis (Groups of 2 people) 1000 (± 10%) 20%
3 Final research paper (Groups of 2 people) 3000 (± 10%) 60%


The accompanying literature will be made available electronically on MOODLE and will be specified at the beginning of the course.

Informations supplémentaires


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