The pragmatics of language use in the public sphere

Course Code :2013FLWTAA
Study domain:Linguistics and Proficiency
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Jef Verschueren

3. Course contents *

The purpose of this course is to explore the ways in which language contributes to the shaping of socially and politically important views and debates. Using linguistic pragmatics (in its broadest sense as the cognitive, social and cultural science of language use) as a theoretical-methodological starting point, language use in the public sphere – specifically in media, politics, and public education efforts – is investigated. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between language and ideology. In order to address this issue, a significant section of the course will be devoted to pragmatics-inspired methodology for discourse-based ideology research.