Text and Discourse

English, School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies

College of Arts and Law


Code 18404

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 and 2

Module description

The module provides an overview of linguistic models useful for the analysis of a range of different text types (spoken and written, literary and non-literary). The aim is to learn how to characterise texts according to their distinctive lexical, grammatical and text organisational properties, in order to relate these properties to a text's context of use, and in order to develop arguments about how these properties may serve communicative, aesthetic, rhetorical and ideological ends. More specifically, students will (a) understand principles of the application of linguistic analysis to literary texts and (b) be able to characterise and explain the communicative functionality of both literary and non-literary texts by reference to the register, genre and rhetorical properties. The literary text types to be examined will include poetry and prose fiction while the non-literary text types (both spoken and written) will be drawn from such domains as politics, popular television drama, popular science, news and lifestyle journalism, media interviews, advertising and casual conversation.