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Undergraduate Course: Figurative Language (LASC10066)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all 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. 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.
Course description This course explores the relationship between figurative and non-figurative language. In particular, we concentrate on the nature of conceptual metaphor and metonymy, and their place in cognitive linguistic frameworks. We look at theoretical approaches to metaphor, and at how experimental approaches to metaphor have refined the theory. We also look at how metaphor, metonymy and other figures of speech are used in texts of various kinds. In particular, we consider the use of figurative language in political discourse and in literary works.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: LEL2A: Linguistic Theory and the Structure of English (LASC08017)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay (50%), Exam (50%).
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
! Identify and classify different kinds of figurative language
! Show an understanding of the history of rhetoric
! Discuss the place of figurative language in cognitive linguistics
! Apply a knowledge of theories of figurativeness to texts of various kinds, particularly (but not exclusively) literary texts
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Additional Class Delivery Information Teaching Contact Time: 9 weeks out of 11 at 3 hours/week = 27 hours
Keywordsfigurative language,rhetoric
Course organiserDr Graeme Trousdale
Tel: (0131 6)50 3599
Course secretaryMiss Emma Nelson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870
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