University of Liege | Version française
Academic year 2014-2015Value date : 20/10/2014
LING0007-1  Discourse analysis and typology

Duration :  30h Th
Number of credits :  
Master in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Second Language, Professional Focus, 1st year4
Master in Linguistics, Research focus, 1st year5
Master en communication multilingue, à finalité spécialisée en communication culturelle internationale, 1st year5
Master en communication multilingue, à finalité spécialisée en communication économique et sociale., 1st year5
Master en communication multilingue, à finalité spécialisée en langue et culture, 1st year5
Lecturer :  Jean-Marc Defays, Deborah Meunier
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Organisation and examination :  
Teaching in the second semester
Course contents :  
The course begins with a presentation of the general theory of


  • principles, issues and methods for analyzing discourse;
  • its structural, enunciative, pragmatic, intertextual, generic, and sociolinguistic viewpoints,
  • its relationship with the other fields of linguistics and language sciences.
We will then carry out an in-depth examination of different discourses (literary, media, politics, ordinary, scientific, commercial...).
The selection for the corpus is based on the participants' interests or their personal projects, and the participants are expected to take active part in the analytical work.
Learning outcomes of the course :  
Introduce the participants to the principles and analytical methods of discourse, and give them an opportunity to put them into practice to clarify the issues and the functioning of various kinds of discourse, or of discursive systems generally.
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
Some knowledge in linguistics.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
Throughout the presentation of the theory, the students are expected to participate actively in the discussions provoked and the practical exercises and case studies that are put to them.
After presenting the theory, the course is organized as a seminar to which each of the participants contributes according to his/her speciality, readings and an individual work he/she will draft.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
Second Semester.
Recommended or required readings :  
Different documents and references are communicated to the participants throughout the course.
Assessment methods and criteria :  
Oral exam and individual work. Session : in June
Work placement(s) :  
Organizational remarks :  
Contacts :  
Deborah Meunier
Assistante docteure Place du 20-Août, 7 B-4000 Liège Email : dmeunier@ulg.ac.be Tél. : 04 366 53 57 Fax : 04 366 58 55  



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