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Course, academic year 2019/2020
Approaches to Discourse - AAA300107
Title: Úvod do teorie diskursu
Guaranteed by: Department of the English Language and ELT Methodology (21-UAJD)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Actual: from 2015
Semester: both
Points: 2
E-Credits: 4
Examination process:
Hours per week, examination: 0/2 C [hours/week]
Capacity: winter:unknown / unknown (unknown)
summer:unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: not taught
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
Is provided by: AAA500107
Note: you can enroll for the course in winter and in summer semester
Guarantor: PhDr. Pavlína Šaldová, Ph.D.
Last update: UAAMALAM (30.05.2008)
This course provides an introduction to discourse analysis and the different approaches used in the analysis of discourse.
Discourse here is defined as the study of the organization of language above the sentence level, but also as any
manifestation of language in context.
We will start with a general overview of the phenomena included in the study of discourse, and then proceed on to how a
number of schools have approached those problems. The main textbook will be supplemented with additional book chapters
and articles.
This is a tentative schedule of topics and readings. The schedule might change if we spend more or less time on certain
topics, and according to the interests of the students:
Last update: UAAMALAM (30.05.2008)

Schiffrin, D. (1994) Approaches to Discourse. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell.

Schiffrin, D. et al. The Handbook of Discourse Analysis. Malden, Mass: Blackwell.

Du Bois, J., S. Schuetze-Coburn, S. Cumming and D. Paolino (1993) Outline of discourse transcription. In J. Edwards and M. Lampert (eds.) Talking data: Transcription and coding in discourse research. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 45-89.

Goffman, Erving (1999 [1967]) On face-work: An analysis of ritual elements in social interaction. In A. Jaworski and N. Coupland (eds.) The Discourse Reader. London: Routledge. 306-320.

Brown, P. and Levinson, S.C. (1999 [1987]) Politeness: Some universals in language usage. In A. Jaworski and N. Coupland (eds.) The Discourse Reader. London: Routledge. 321-335.

Grice, H. P. (1975) Logic and conversation. In P. Cole and J. Morgan (eds.) Syntax and Semantics.Vol. 3. New York: Academic Press. 41-58.

Mann, W. C. and S. A. Thompson (1988). Rhetorical Structure Theory: Toward a functional theory of text organization. Text 8 (3). 243-281.

Coulthard, M. (1985 [1977]) An Introduction to Discourse Analysis. London: Longman. (2 nd edition). Chapter 7. Discourse analysis and language teaching. 146-159.

Teaching methods - Czech
Last update: UAAMALAM (30.05.2008)


Last update: UAAMALAM (30.05.2008)
Ř Introduction (what is discourse?, approaches to discourse, units of discourse, views of language, context and co-text, discourse phenomena)

Ř Intro to different approaches: relationship btw structure and function, btw text and context, nature of communication

Ř Definitions of discourse (formal vs functional approaches), data collection + transcription conventions

Ř Speech Act Theory (the expressibility principle, taxonomies, conditions, multiple functions)

Ř Pragmatics: cooperative principle, maxims, entailment, presupposition, implicature, relevance

Ř Interactional Sociolinguistics (Gumperz, Goffman) - contextualization cues, Goffman - Politeness Theory

Ř Ethnography of Communication: components of speech

Ř Conversation Analysis: turn-taking, adjacency pairs, structure of conversation, a higher-level structure

Ř Variation Analysis, narrative structure

Ř Registers

Ř Cohesion, Rhetorical Structure Theory

Ř Discourse markers

Critical Discourse Analysis

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