EGH203 : Language and Power

Convenor(s): Dr Richard Steadman-Jones


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

This module explores the ways in which language is involved in constructing and contesting relations of power both in real interaction and in fictional texts. Is a regional accent a disadvantage in contemporary Britain? How do dinner-time conversations reflect the balance of power within the family? Can language be used to control our understanding of the external world? Research in linguistics provides ways of addressing these questions. It also provides a tool for analysing the depiction of power relations in films and literature. The course has four strands:
Students will be introduced to a range of linguistic research dealing with the relationship between language and power, for example the work of Tony Crowley, Deborah Tannen, The Milroys, Norman Fairclough and Robin Lakoff. These perspectives will be applied to a variety of materials including poetry, plays, novels, films, TV programmes, and journalistic writing.


Students will normally be expected to have successfully completed EGH102 Practical Stylistics in preparation for this module.


Teaching will be by two lectures and one seminar group per week.


The assessment comprises two coursework essays: 1,500 and 2,500 words, counting for 40% and 60% respectively.

Contact Details

Dr Richard Steadman-Jones, 0114 2220218

Information last changed: Thursday 07th of April 2016 :: 01:17:13 PM (BST)


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK