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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Discourse Analysis (LASC11093)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe aim of this course is to introduce students to the area of Text and Discourse Analysis.
Course description Issues explored include those of talk and text organisation, of the interface between discourse and grammar and of social relationships, including power relationships, in discourse. Course participants also reflect on possible applications of discourse analytic methodologies and findings to issues in the real world.

An indicative list of content is as follows:

Block One: Introductory Issues: definition, discourse analysis and Linguistic, meaning in discourse, the notion of context, etc. (weeks 1&3)

Block Two: Written discourse analysis: Types of texts, genres and genre analysis (weeks 4-6)

Block Three: Spoken discourse analysis; Turn-taking, sequence organisation, overall organisation, etc. (weeks 7-10)

Block Four: Applying Discourse Analysis (week 10)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 75 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay 1: 50%
Essay 2: 50%
Feedback Take-home tasks. In-class exercises. Course work and project meetings.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. discuss critically the relationship between spoken and written discourse
  2. identify and describe significant patterns in talk and text organisation
  3. read critically the literature in Discourse Analysis and analyse instances of spoken and written discourse using appropriate methodologies
  4. report analyses of discourse using appropriate conceptual frameworks
  5. demonstrate understanding of the various ways in which the methods and findings of Discoruse Analysis can be used to address real life problems
Reading List
Atkinson, J.M. and Heritage, J. (eds.) (1984). Structures of social action: Studies in conversation analysis. Cambridge University Press.
Bhatia, V. (1993). Analysing Genre: Language use in professional settings. Longman.
Benwell, B and Stoke, E. (2006). Discourse and identity. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Brown, G. and Yule, G. (1983). Discourse analysis Cambridge University Press.
Bartlett, T. (2014). Analysing power in language: A practical guide. London: Routledge.
Boden, D. and Zimmerman, D. H. (eds.) (1991).Talk and social structure: Studies in ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. Polity Press.
Cameron, D. (2001). Working with spoken discourse. Sage Publications.
Carter, R., Goddard, A., Reah, D., Sanger, K. and Bowring, M. (1997). Working with texts: A core introduction to language analysis. Routledge.
Clark, R., Fairclough, N., Ivanic, R., McLeod, N., Thomas, J. and Meara, P. (eds.) (1990). Language and Power. London: BAAL in association with CILT
Clayman, S. and Heritage, J. (2002). The News Interview: Journalists and Public Figures on Air. Cambridge University Press.
Cook, G. (1989). Discourse Oxford University Press
Cornbleet, S. and Carter, R. (2001). The language of speech and writing. Routledge.
Coulthard, M. (1985). An introduction to discourse analysis Longman.
Coulthard. M. (ed.) (1994). Advances in written text analysis. Routledge.
De Beaugrand, R. and Dresser, W. (1981). An introduction to text linguistics Longman.
Drew, P. and Heritage, J. (eds.) (1992). Talk at work. Cambridge University Press.
Fairclough, N. 1992). Discourse and social change. Polity Press.
Fairclough, N. (1995). Critical discourse analysis Longman.
Fairclough, N. (1995, 2003). Media discourse. London: Arnold.
Ghadessy, M. (1993). Register analysis. London: Printer Publisher.
Georgakopoulou, A. and Goutsos, D. (1997). Discourse analysis: An introduction. Edinburgh University Press.
Jaworski, A. and Coupland, N. (eds.). The discourse reader. Routledge.
Jefferson, G. (ed.) (1992, 1995). Harvey Sacks: Lectures in Conversation Analysis (with an introduction by E. Jefferson). Blackwell.
Halliday, A. and Hassan, H. (1976).Cohesion in English. Longman.
Hoey, M. (2001). Textual interaction: An introduction to written discourse analysis. Routledge.
Holmes, J and Stubbe, M. (2000). Power and Politeness in the Workplace. Longman.
Hutchby, I. and Wooffitt, R. (1999). Conversation analysis: Principles, practices and applications. Polity Press.
Levinson, P. (1983). Pragmatics. Cambridge University Press.
Liddicoat, A. (2007). An Introduction to Conversation Analysis. London: Continuum.
McCarthy, M. and Carter, R. (1974). Language as discourse: Perspectives for language teaching. Longman.
McCarthy, M. (1991). Discourse analysis for language teachers. Cambridge University Press
Nunan, D. (1994). Discourse analysis. Cambridge University Press
Paltridge, B (2006). Discourse analysis. London: Continuum.
Pridham, F. (2001). The language of conversation. Routledge.
Richards, K. and Seedhouse, P. (eds.) (2005). Applying conversation analysis. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Schegloff, E. (2007). Sequence organization in interaction: A primer in conversation analysis vol. 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Schiffrin, D. (1994). Approaches to discourse. Cambridge University Press
Schiffrin, D., Tannen, D.and Hamilton, H. E. (2001). The handbook of discourse analysis. Blackwell.
Sidnell, J. and Stivers, T. (2014). Handbook of Conversation Analysis. Weley Blackwell.
Silverman, D. (1998). Harvey Sacks: Social Science and Conversation Analysis. Polity Press.
Strauss, S. and Feiz, P. (2014). Discourse Analysis: Putting our worlds into words. London: Routledge.
Stubbs, M. (1983). Discourse analysis. Blackwell.
Ten Have, P. (1999). Doing conversation analysis: A practical guide. Sage Publications.
Thornborrow, J. (2002). Power talk: Language and interaction in institutional discourse. Longman.
Van Dijk, T.A. (ed.) (1997). Discourse as social interaction. Sage Publications.
Walsh, S. (2011). Exploring Classroom Discourse: Language in Action. Routledge
Wetherell, M., Taylor, S. and Yates, S. J. (eds.) (2001). Discourse as data: A guide for analysis. Sage Publications in association with the Open University.
Wetherell, M., Taylor, S. and Yates, S. J. (eds.) (2001) Discourse theory and practice: A reader. Sage Publications
Woodak, R. and M. Meyer (eds.) (2001). Methods of critical discourse analysis. London: Sage Publications.
Wooffitt, R. (2005). Conversation analysis and discourse analysis: A comparative and critical introduction. London: Sage Publications.
Young, R. F. (2006). Language and Interaction: An advanced resource book. Routledge

Some journals on discourse:
Discourse and Society
Discourse Processes
Discourse Studies
Journal of Pragmatics
Language in Society
Research on Language and Social Interaction
Text: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Discourse
English for Specific Purposes
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical reading and thinking, evidence-based argumentation, presentation and writing skills.
Additional Class Delivery Information Attend all lectures as scheduled
Keywordsdiscourse,written text,genra,genre analysis,conversation,conversation analysis
Course organiserDr Joseph Gafaranga
Tel: (0131 6)50 3496
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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