BA English Language / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Pragmatics: Meaning, Context, and Interaction
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Linguistics & English Language|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Study of Meaning||LELA10332||Pre-Requisite||Recommended|
- The distribution of labor between the linguistic code and features of the context.
- The typology of contextually generated meanings.
- The specific principles that can be hypothesized to underlie different types of contextually generated meaning.
- The ways in which the structure of verbal interaction itself can create meanings.
- identify and analyze the empirical phenomena that are central to pragmatics, including recurrent patterns in verbal interaction;
- analyze new data representing language use in context applying appropriate methodologies, as well as a precisely defined metalinguistic and metadiscursive vocabulary;
- understand the main theoretical approaches to the different subfields of pragmatics, and the relations that obtain between those approaches;
- reflect critically on their own communicative practice and that of others.
Teaching and learning methods
16 ½ hours of lectures, 16 ½ hours of seminars featuring a variety of tutor-led and student-led activities, including regular practice exercises.
Knowledge and understanding
- understand basic pragmatic concepts and their theoretical importance
- understand how linguistic meaning interacts with recurrent patterns of verbal interaction, with different types of inferences, with interactants’ desire to maintain interpersonal relations, and with aspects of culture, to produce situated understandings
- understand the multifaceted nature of contexts of communication
- understand the semantics/pragmatics distinction and ways in which it can be drawn
- understand the basic ways in which communicative context can contribute to meaning change over time
- explain basic pragmatic concepts and their theoretical and descriptive importance
- be able to apply those concepts accurately to previously unseen communicative data
- reflect critically on their own use of language and that of others, in both monocultural and multicultural settings
- Analyze everyday communication in both the oral and the written channel
- Make a theoretically informed choice between competing understandings of specific communicative episodes
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Enhanced communication skills
- Enhanced analytical skills
- Enhanced argumentation skills
- Enhanced abstract and critical thinking skills
- Enhanced time management skills
- ¿ Communication skills ¿ Analytical skills ¿ Argumentation skills ¿ Abstract and critical thinking skills ¿ Time management skills
Formative or summative
Weighting within unit
Formative and Summative
Active participation (incl. regular submission of assigned work)
Formative or summative
Oral and written feedback on student contributions in class and on Blackboard
Written generic feedback and oral personalized feedback on assessment performance
Formative and summative
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Independent study hours|
|Maj Hansen||Unit coordinator|