This advanced-level course aims to provide in-depth knowledge of English textual analysis, drawing special attention to text typologies and the relevant characteristics of each text type, based on De Beaugrande and Dressler’s (1980) model. By the end of the course, students will be able to correctly identify the main features of different text typologies and to appropriately produce suitable texts, depending on the context at hand.
The main topics covered will be:
- Text, context and co-text; text vs. non-text;
- De Beaugrande and Dressler’s (1980) model of textual analysis;
- Standards of Textuality;
- The notions of text type and genre;
- Writer, recipient and purpose of the message;
- Classification of various txt types and analyses of texts;
De Beaugrande Robert and Wolfgang U. Dressler (1980) Introduction to Text Linguistics, London, Longman
Biber Douglas (1988) “Variation across Speech and Writing”, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
Biber Douglas (1989) “A Typology of English Texts” Linguistics 27: 3-43
Grice, H. Paul (1975) "Logic and Conversation" in Peter Cole and Jerrold M. Sadock (eds.) Syntax and Semantics Vol.3. Speech Acts, New York, Academic Press: 41-58*
Lee David YW (2001) “Genres, Registers, Text Types, Domains and Styles: Clarifying the Concepts and Navigating the Paths through the BNC Jungle” Language Learning and Technology 5, 3: 37-72. Available at: http://llt.msu.edu/vol5num3/
Merlini Barbaresi Lavinia (2003) “Towards a Theory of Text Complexity” in L. Merlini Barbaresi (ed.) Complexity in Language and Text, Pisa, Edizioni Plus
Merlini Barbaresi Lavinia (2004) “A Model for Defining Text Complexity in Descriptive Text Type” Folia Linguistica 3-4: 355-381
Searle John R. (1976) "A Classification of Illocutionary Acts" Language in Society 5:1-23**
Texts indicated as * and ** can be replaced by the following chapters from Huang, Yan (2006) Pragmatics, Oxford, Oxford University Press:
Ch. 2 "Implicature" (pp.23-35; 54-63)
Ch. 4 "Speech Acts" (entire chapter)
Advanced and optional:
Biber, Douglas, Susan Conrad and Geoffrey Leech (2002) Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English, London, Longman
Huang, Yan (2006) Pragmatics, Oxford, Oxford University Press
Additional references will be indicated during the course. Every possible variation in the reading list will also be announced through the course website.
The exam consists in a written test on textual analysis. Students who attended at least 60% of the course may opt for a test during the month of December. The date will be announced during the course.
Alternatively, the first test will be in the Winter session (January-February). The final mark is comprehensive of the CLA Certificate and will be registered after completing the various parts in the exam.