Introductory course to linguistics.
This course gives an overview of what discourse analysis is and covers the main methodological questions. It will treat discourse analysis from different points of view, in particular: linguistics (texture and cohesion), psycholinguistics (coherence, processing), sociolinguistics (conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis,).
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At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
Students will be able:
- to develop global knowledge of the different domains covered by discourse analysis as a discipline
- to apply the different theoretical concepts to concrete language situations
- to acquire detailed knowledge of at least one domain of investigation of discourse analysis.
After a brief state of the art of the different theoretical schools and domains of application of discourse analysis, the course will deepen one particular domain focussing on the specific analysis methods that go with it. The students will apply themselves the analysis techniques in the framework of a practical. The course contain a number of plenary lectures (invited speakers), but will also require the student's active participation : reading, exercises, discussions, etc.
The evaluation is performed through an individual written essay verifying the student's ability to resolve problems analogous to the ones presented in class. The research underlying this essay will be the input for an oral presentation in class.