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Language in Television and Film

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Teacher(s): Jennifer Thorburn

Validity: 2020 -> 2020

Course Timetable (Weekly)

Date Location Notice Topics Lecturer(s)
2020/2021 : Friday 12:30-14:00 (Weekly) Anthropole/3185     Jennifer Thorburn


Autumn semester
2 hours per week
28 hours per semester
Teaching language(s): English
Public: Yes
Credits: 5.00


After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

- critically engage with (socio)linguistic literature and theory, particularly that related to telecinematic discourse and audiovisual translation
- analyse elements of telecinematic discourse and audiovisual translation
- (better) understand how we see on screen reflects and impacts everyday life, with particular emphasis on attitudes and ideologies
- engage thoughtful academic discussion
- ethically conduct nuanced and novel linguistic research


This course introduces students to the study of the language found in television and film. A broad area of research, this seminar will provide an overview of some of the sociolinguistic issues related to this topic. Students will critique different frameworks and methodologies to the study of this type of language, looking at a range of linguistic features and levels.

The seminar begins with a discussion of the nature and functions of dialogue, including its similarities and differences with naturally occurring speech. This is followed by topics related to questions of representation and discrimination in television and film, and how what we see on screen impacts and is influenced by attitudes and ideologies to language. The seminar will then touch on genre and characterisation, followed by reflection on the relationship between multilingualism and these forms of media.


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Programme requirements

Minimum C1 in English (CEFR)

Additional information


Use contextFaculty codeStatusCredits
Master of arts, English (2015 ->) ›› English Linguistics - MA-ANG-3030Optional5.00
Master of arts, English (2015 ->) ›› Oral examination based on a research file - MA-ANG-2020Optional5.00
Master of arts, English (2015 ->) ›› Writing essay based on a research file - MA-ANG-2010Optional5.00
Master of arts, Language and Communication Science (2015 ->) ›› Free courses choice - MA-SLC-20Optional5.00
Master of arts, Reinforcement programme (2015 ->) ›› English Linguistics - MA-RENF-ANGOptional5.00
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