This course aims at understanding features of discourse that shape our understanding of society. Through frequent workshops and group projects, students are encouraged to think critically about the social role of mediated language.
This course will focus on language use in specific contexts. We will observe several media contexts in which language takes a form specific to the given context. Students work in groups, collect their data, analyze them collaboratively, and present their findings in class.
Handouts and articles will be given in class.
To be introduced in class.
Regular attendance and active participation are required.
Attendance, class performance, class discussion and presentation, mid-term paper/exam, and a final paper.
１．Introduction to language in context ２．Language of news media ３．News values in printed and broadcast news ４．Workshop: Language of news ５．Discourse features in context: Repetition ６．Discourse features in context: Indirectness and ambiguity ７．Workshop: Repetition and indirectness in political discourse (data set subject to change) ８．Workshop: Repetition and indirectness (cont.) ９．Language of TV interviews 10．Language of medical ＆ police interviews 11．Workshop: Language of interviews 12．Linguistic accommodation: Convergence and divergence 13．Linguistic accommodation: Pop-song pronunciation 14．Discussion: Convergence, divergence, and miscommunication 15．Wrap-up discussion
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