LOT Winter School 2018

Discourse analysis

Veronika Koller


Lancaster University


Course info

Level: Intermediate

Course description:

During this course we will take account of the various meanings that the term “discourse” has across the social sciences and humanities, but we shall primarily be concerned with discourse seen as language use as a social practice. This means that we shall look at the technical details of linguistic analysis, while also asking how different kinds of language use relate to society as a whole. Each session will involve some theoretical input as well as practical hands-on work with texts and transcripts.

Day-to-day program

Monday: Text, genre, discourse – and how to analyse them

Tuesday: Narratives

Wednesday: Lexis and grammar

Thursday: Multimodality

Friday: Bringing it all together - institutional discourse

Reading list

Background and preparatory readings:

Goddard, A. and Carey, N. (2017): Discourse: the basics. Abingdon: Routledge.

Course readings

Lecture 1:

1. Koller, V. (2012): How to analyse collective identity in discourse: Textual and contextual parameters. Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines 5(2): 19-38. http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/journals/cadaad/volume-5-2/

2. Fairclough, N. (2003) : Analysing discourse [electronic resource] textual analysis for social research. London: Routledge. Chapter 2.

Lecture 2:

1. Thornborrow, J. (2014): Narrative analysis. In: J. P. Gee and M. Handford (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 51-65.

2. Page, A. (2015): The narrative dimensions of social media storytelling. In: De Fina, A. and Georgakopoulou, A. (eds): The Handbook of Narrative Analysis. Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons, pp. 329-347.

Lecture 3:

1. Thompson, G. (2014): Introducing Functional Grammar. 3rd edition. London: Arnold. Chapter 5

2. Fontaine, L. (2013): Analysing English Grammar: A systemic functional introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Chapter 4.

3. van Leeuwen, T. (2008): Discourse and Practice: New tools for critical discourse analysis. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapter 2.

Lecture 4:

1. Jancsary, D., Höllerer, M.A. and Meyer, R.E. (2016): Critical analysis of visual and multimodal texts. In: Wodak, R. and Meyer, M. (eds) Methods of Critical Discourse Studies. London: Sage, pp. 180-204.

2. Kress, G. & van Leeuwen, T. (2006): Reading Images: The grammar of visual design. 2nd edition. London: Routledge. Chapter 5.

3. van Leeuwen, T. (2012): The critical analysis of musical discourse. Critical Discourse Studies 9(4): 319-332.

Lecture 5:

1. Koller, V. (2017) : Critical discourse studies. In: Vine, B. (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Language in the Workplace. New York: Routledge, pp. 27-39.

2. Renkema, J. (2004): Introduction to Discourse Studies. Amsterdam: Benjamins. Chapter 14

Further readings:

Angermüller, J., Maingueneau, D. and Wodak, R. (2014): The Discourse Studies Reader: Main currents in theory and analysis. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Gee, J.P. (2011): An Introduction to Discourse Analysis: Theory and Method. 3rd edition. Oxford and New York: Routledge.

Hyland, K. (2013): Discourse Studies Reader: Essential excerpts. London: Bloomsbury.

Hyland, K. and Paltridge, B. (eds) (2011): The Continuum Companion to Discourse Analysis. London: Continuum.

Jones, R. (2012): Discourse Analysis: A resource book for students. Abingdon: Routledge.

Paltridge, B. (2012): Discourse Analysis. London: Bloomsbury.