BAEnglish Discourse Analysis

Credit points: 5
Contact hours: 60
Type: Lectures

Main Instructor

Smiljana Komar, PhD

Instructor

Smiljana Komar, PhD

Course Description

Aims and Specific Competences:

  • English language competences
  • Acquisition of terminology related to written and spoken discourse analysis
  • Ability to analyse written texts
  • Ability to analyse speech
  • Ability to recognise theoretical elements in practice
  • Ability to recognise the differences and similarities in the production of written texts in English and Slovene
  • Ability to recognise the differences and similarities in the production of different types of spoken interactions in English and Slovene
Course Content:

The course introduces to the students a linguistic analysis of different types of written texts and spoken interactions based on the principles of textuality, which is the elementary factor for a successful written and spoken communication and the transmission of a message to the addressee. By means of discourse analysis of different types of texts, students become aware of the principles of cohesion and coherence in English and learn how to produce texts meeting all the requirements of textuality. They become aware of different types of styles and genres of writing, as well as with the main differences between written and spoken communication. They become familiar with the discourse structure of different types of spoken interaction. By means of contrastive analysis, the students are encouraged to think about the differences and similarities in the production of written and spoken texts in English and Slovene, as well as to develop a critical evaluation of textuality of written and spoken means of communication.

Course Literature:

  • Beaugrande, Robert. De and W. Dressler. 1981. Introduction to Text Linguistics. London: Longman. P.: 270.
  • Halliday, M. A. K., R. Hasan. 1985. Language, Context and Text. Oxford: OUP. P.: 126.
  • Halliday, M. A. K., R. Hasan. 1976. Cohesion in English.London: Longman. P.: 356.
  • Halliday, M. A. K. 1989. Spoken and Written Language. Oxford: OUP. P.: 109.
  • Stenström, A. B. 1994. An introduction to Spoken Interaction. London:Longman. P.: 238.

Grading:

Exam.

Grading scale of 6-10 (pass) and 1-5 (fail), in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana and with the examination system of the Faculty of Arts.