The purpose of this course is to enable students to understand how to apply various analytical methods used in sociolinguistic studies (from Pragmatics to Discourse Analysis and beyond) to everyday discourse and to acquire how to critically observe language use in various social contexts.
Through studying practical applications of discourse analysis to real-life situations, this course aims at understanding how language plays a crucial role in various social contexts. Students will be encouraged to choose their own topic, collect their own data, analyze them critically, and discuss their findings in class. In addition, students will be prepared to finalize their graduation theses.
A reading packet will be given at the beginning of the semester.
Woods, Nicola. 2006. Describing Discourse: A Practical Guide to Discourse Analysis. London: Hodder Arnold.
Regular attendance, thorough preparation and active class participation are strictly required.
Regular attendance, class performance including discussions and individual/group presentations, short papers and a final paper.
１．Overview of the course ２．Discussion of a selected topic (1) ３．Discussion of a selected topic (1) continued. ４．Presentation/workshop ５．Discussion of a selected topic (2) ６．Discussion of a selected topic (2) continued. ７．Presentation/workshop ８．Discussion of a selected topic (3) ９．Discussion of a selected topic (3) continued. 10．Presentation/workshop 11．Discussion of a selected topic (4) 12．Discussion of a selected topic (4) continued. 13．Presentation/workshop 14．Wrap-up discussion of the topics covered 15．Introduction of an applied topic of the instructor's choice
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