ENGL 562 A: Discourse Analysis

Meeting Time: 
MW 11:30am - 1:20pm
THO 215
China March 2017
Gail Stygall

Syllabus Description:

Stygall, ENGL 562  -  Spring 2020
Heller and McElhinny, Language, Capitalism, Colonialism, U Toronto, 2017
Mills.  Discourse.  2nd ed. London and New York: Routledge, 2004.
Tannen, Hamilton, Schiffrin. The Handbook of Discourse Analysis, 2nd ed. Wiley, 2018        


A good linguistics dictionary (We’ll discuss this in class)
Finegan, Language: Its Structure and Use [DO NOT BUY THE 7th ed; buy a used copy of the 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th
Curzan, Anne and Michael Adams. How English Works. 3rd. Pearson, 2016.


This course is an introduction to and survey of the basics of language analysis beyond the sentence level, covering approaches both to discourse analysis and sociolinguistics.  It is also a survey of the various ways in which discourse analysis is theoretically grounded, with a special focus on critical discourse analysis. Introduced by Sara Mills, critical discourse analysis has a theoretical orientation. We’ll also select chapters of interest in the Handbook of Discourse Analysis, with some special attention to chapters on narrative, critical discourse analysis, discourse and racism, globalization, media, and educational settings. The enormous number of chapters can serve as a reference work for many approaches to discourse. We will close the quarter with the Heller and McElhinney collection on capitalism and colonialism. While there are a wide range of approaches to discourse analysis, I want to make sure that all of you can conduct an analysis first based in linguistic features, then move to larger scale discourse analyses and theoretical positioning. Because some of you have not had specific training in linguistics, I will spend part of the time in the first weeks introducing linguistic concepts and methods of analysis and argument.

Keywords: discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, theory, capitalism, colonialism.

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January 17, 2020 - 2:10am