ENGL619A - Special Topics in in Language, Linguistics, and Discourse; Readings in Linguistics Discourse Analysis

The fields of linguistic pragmatics and discourse analysis deal with how we produce and interpret language in specific contexts and for specific purposes, with how our linguistic choices relate to social and cultural norms, expectations and ideologies, and with how patterns of language behavior vary systematically across social situations. The course presents an overview of the field, moving from seminal texts to current research, introducing students to a variety of approaches and research methods. Analytic approaches include but will not be limited to pragmatics, interactional sociolinguistics, conversation analysis, systemic functional linguistics, and critical linguistics. Areas for analysis include but will not be limited to aspects of gender representation, language as used in politics and advertising, concepts of politeness, cross-cultural communication, and interactional behavior patterns.