English 660 Modern English Theory: Discourse Analysis (Fall 2001)
TH 6:30 - 9:20pm McIver 139A
Office: McIver 113
Office Hours: Tues. & Fri. 11am-1pm, Thurs. 4-6 pm, and by appointment.
Jaworski, A., & Coupland, N. (Eds.) (1999). The discourse reader. London & New York: Routledge.
Schiffrin, D. (1994). Approaches to discourse. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
Selected readings (on electronic reserve in the Jackson library).
The analysis of discourse is one of the most widely expanding areas in English studies, communication, anthropology, and cognitive science. The goal of this course is to introduce students to some fundamental issues in discourse analysis, and for students to apply the findings to their own areas of study and discourse of their own choosing. The specific topics and selected readings will be set in consultation with students enrolled in the course. Some possible topics for discussion include, but are not limited to: philosophies of language (structuralism, formalism, functionalism, and social interactionism), approaches to discourse (speech act theory, ethnography of communication, interactional sociolinguistics, ethnomethodology, and critical theory), modes of discourse (spoken, written, visual/artistic, institutional), discourse frames, genre, scripts, schema, coherence, cohesion, and corpus linguistics; applications to English studies (broadly defined) and language teachingparticularly reading and writing instructionwill be explored at every opportunity. As much as possible, the format of the class will be dialogic in nature.
Through the readings, assignments, and class activities in this course, you will
Assignments & Grading
August 23rd: Course overview--philosophies of language & approaches to discourse
August 30th: What is discourse? Definitions, approaches, and epistemologies.
READ: Schiffrin, Chaps. 1-2, (12)
Reader, pp. 1-38
September 6th: Ethnography of communication
READ: Schiffrin, Chaps. 3 (skim) & 5
Reader, Chaps. 9 & 21
Chafe, "Speaking and Writing"
September 13th: Pragmatics and transcription methodology
READ: Schiffrin, Chap. 6
Reader, Chaps. 6 & 8
September 20th: Interactional sociolinguistics and classroom discourse
Read: Schiffrin, Chap. 4
Mehan, "The structure of classroom discourse"
Philips, "Participant structures and communicative competence: Warm Springs children in community and classroom"
September 27th: Discourse analysis and literacy instruction
READ: Szwed, "The ethnography of literacy."
McCarty & Watahomigie, "Language and literacy in American Indian and Alaskan Native communities."
Wurr, Theurer, & Kim, "Retrospective miscue analysis with proficient adult ESL readers"
(Singhal, "The effects of text familiarity on the reading comprehension strategies of three Arabic-speaking readers: A case study").
October 4th: Discourse analysis and written texts
READ: Connor, "Discourse analysis and writing/reading instruction"
Connor & Lauer, "Understanding persuasive essay writing: Linguistic/rhetorical approach"
(Halliday & Hasan: Cohesion in English, Chapters 1 & 8Skim for familiarity; use as reference later if appropriate)
Graddol, "The semiotic construction of a wine label"
DUE: Assignment 1Analysis of oral discourse
October 11th: Class canceled. Use Wordsmith to perform text analysis on data set
READ: Biber, "Investigating macroscopic textual variation through multifeature/multidimensional analyses"
Biber, Variation across speech and writing (skim Chap. 4 and Appendix II)
October 18th: Ideological Analysis
READ: Reader, Intro to Part Six & Chaps. 11, 29, 30
DUE: Assignment 2Analysis of written discourse
October 25th: Language, knowledge, and power
READ: Reader, Chaps. 32-34
November 1st: Universities as sites for ideological analysis
READ: Lakoff, "The grooves of Academe"
Bourdieu, "Systems of education and systems of thought"
Foucoult, "The means of correct training" and "Panopticism" (skim pp. 170-217; read pp. 218-228)
DUE: Proposal/ Rough draft of term paper
November 8th: TBA
DUE: Assignment 3Ideological analysis
DUE: Rough draft of term paper (bring enough copies for all group members)
November 15th: Writing workshop
November 22nd: Thanksgiving Break
November 29th: Term paper presentations
December 6th: Term paper presentations
December 13th: Discourse and dining
Due: Term paper