Universität Wien FIND

122053 PS PS Linguistics (2019S)

Pragmatics & Discourse Analysis

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Please note that the semester schedule for this course includes a proseminar conference on Saturday, June 15 (10:00-15:00). In exchange for time spent at the proseminar conference, there will only be one regular Tuesday session in June (= on June 4).

Important: Attendance at the proseminar conference is mandatory for course completion. Please ONLY register for this course if you can attend on June 15.

Tuesday 19.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Tuesday 26.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Tuesday 02.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Tuesday 09.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Tuesday 30.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Tuesday 07.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Tuesday 14.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Tuesday 21.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Tuesday 28.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Tuesday 04.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Saturday 15.06. 10:00 - 15:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

“At the heart of language use is human action, people doing things with words” (Clark 1995: 371). The linguistic field of pragmatics and discourse analysis investigates how language is used in social context and “how more is […] being communicated than is said” (Yule 2017: 142). Taking this area of linguistic research as an example, this course provides students with more detailed insights into one area of linguistics and prepares them for their first small-scale research project.

Students will acquire a basic knowledge of the interaction of language and context, develop skills in the linguistic analysis of authentic texts/discourses, challenge and question their preconceived assumptions about language use, and learn to approach language-related questions in a systematic way.
Some of the key questions we will address in the course of the term are:
- What do people mean by their utterances in a particular context?
- How does the context influence what is said?
- What are the relations between what we state explicitly and what remains unsaid?
- How do addressees infer meaning?
- What role do expectations and shared assumptions play in these processes?
- What constitutes pragmatic competence and what role does it play in English language teaching?
Furthermore, we will discuss the process of empirical research and look at different types of data, methods of data collection and analysis.

In addition to exploring these questions and learning about practical linguistic research based on authentic data, participants will also learn how to find relevant literature on a specific research topic/question, critically analyse and reflect on existing research in the field and gain first experience in planning, conducting and writing up a small-scale linguistic research project.

This course combines lecturer input, sample analyses of relevant material, assignments, group work, discussions, and student presentations.

Assessment and permitted materials

Student assessment is based on active participation in class, online assignments, regular readings, an oral poster presentation, and the PS paper.

For the paper each students will choose one aspect related to pragmatics and discourse analysis, explore it in more detail and conduct a study. Further information will be provided in class.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance (max. 2 absences)

Part 1: Class participation, readings, smaller (online) assignments, discussions etc. 10%
Part 2: Poster presentation in class: 25%
Part 3: Paper proposal: 20% (including study proposal)
Part 4: PS paper (3,500 words +/-10%): 45%

All parts (1, 2, 3 and 4) must be completed and at least three out of four parts must be positive. The overall pass mark is 60%.
Grading scale: 1 (sehr gut) 100-90%; 2 (gut) 89-80%; 3 (befriedigend) 79-70%; 4 (genügend) 69-60%; 5 (nicht genügend) 59-0%.

Examination topics

Course evaluation is based on
- active participation in class, discussions/online activities, regular readings
- oral poster presentation
- on-time submission of PS paper and paper proposal

Reading list

Readings will be made available on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: BEd 046 / 407
Code/Modul: BEd 09.1
Lehrinhalt: 12-2045

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