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Postgraduate Course: Figurative Language (MSc) (LASC11100)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course seeks to develop knowledge of figurative language, particularly as it is manifest in texts of various kinds in the history of English. The course will provide an overview of classical rhetoric, and show how many of the practices identified by early philosophers are characteristic of the language of various types of discourse in the present day.
Course description The course has a further objective of introducing students to the place of figurativeness - particularly, though not exclusively, the place of metaphor and metonymy - in the field of cognitive linguistics.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. identify and classify different kinds of figurative language
  2. show an understanding of the history of rhetoric
  3. discuss the place of figurative language in cognitive linguistics
  4. apply a knowledge of theories of figurativeness to texts of various kinds, particularly (but not exclusively) literary texts
Reading List
Adamson, S. 1999. Literary language. In R. Lass (ed.) The Cambridge History of the English Language Volume IV, 1476-1776. Cambridge: CUP, 539-63.

Blake, N.F. 1983. Shakespeare¿s Language: An Introduction. Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Booth, W.C. 2004. The Rhetoric of Rhetoric. Oxford: Blackwell.

Burke, K. 1962. A Rhetoric of Motives. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Chilton, P. 2006. Metaphors in political discourse. In K. Brown (ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd edition. Oxford: Pergamon. [See other entries on political language in this encyclopedia too.]

Corbett, E.P.J. and R. J. Connors. 1998. Style and Statement. 4th edition. New York: OUP.

Corbett, E.P.J. and R. J. Connors. 1999. Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student. 4th edition. Oxford: Clarendon.

Ewbank, I-S. 1986. Shakespeare and the arts of language. In S. Wells (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Studies. Cambridge: CUP, 49-66.

Geeraerts, D. and H. Cuyckens (eds.) 2007. The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics. Oxford: OUP.

Grady, J.E. 2007. Metaphor. In Geeraerts and Cuyckens (eds.), 188-213.

Kermode, F. 2000. Shakespeare¿s Language. New York: Farrar.

Lakoff, G. 1987. Women, Fire and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal about the Mind. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Murphy, J. 1983. Renaissance Eloquence: Studies in the Theory and Practice of Renaissance Rhetoric. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Panther, K-U. and L. Thornberg. 2007. Metonymy. In Geeraerts and Cuyckens (eds.), 236-263.

Partridge, A.C. 1971. The Language of Renaissance Poetry. London: Deutsch

Richards, I.A. 1936. The Philosophy of Rhetoric. New York: OUP.

Sister Miriam Joseph. 2005 [1947]. Shakespeare¿s Use of the Arts of Language. New York: Paul Dry.

Trousdale, M. 1982. Shakespeare and the Rhetoricians. London: Scolar.

Tsakona, V. 2009. Linguistic creativity, secondary orality, and political discourse: the modern Greek myth of the ¿eloquent orator¿. Journal of Modern Greek Studies 27: 81-106.

Turner, M. (ed.) 2006. The Artful Mind: Cognitive Science and the Riddle of Human Creativity. Oxford: OUP.

Turner, M. 2007. Conceptual integration. In Geeraerts and Cucykens (eds.), 377-93.

Vickers, B. 1970. Classical Rhetoric in English Poetry. London: Macmillan.

Vickers, B. 1971. Shakespeare¿s use of rhetoric. In K. Muir and S. Schoenbaum (eds.) A New Companion to Shakespeare Studies. Cambridge: CUP, 83-98. [Reprinted in V. Salmon and E. Burness (eds.) 1987. A Reader in the Language of Shakespearean Drama. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 391-406.]

Vickers, B. 1997. In Defence of Rhetoric. 2nd edition. Oxford: Clarendon.

Wodak, R. 2009. Language and politics. In J. Culpeper, F. Katamba, P. Kerswill, R. Wodak and T. McEnery (eds.), English Language: Description, Variation and Context. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 576-93.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Attend all lectures as scheduled
Keywordsfigurative language,rhetoric
Course organiserDr Graeme Trousdale
Tel: (0131 6)50 3599
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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