EGH325 : Theolinguistics

Convener(s): Dr Valerie Hobbs


General Information

This module examines the ways in which people talk to and about God, both in religious and secular contexts. Among the topics that will be covered are the nature and problem of religious language, religious genres, approaches to investigating religious language, the significance of metaphor in religious language, and the use of religious language in everyday talk. A significant portion of the module will focus on critical theolinguistics, which is the exploration of how religious language is used to assert power and/or control.


The input elements of the teaching sessions will deliver key information for discussion and contemplation. The practical task and discussion elements will afford students the opportunity to discuss the concepts they have heard about and to apply them to the analysis and discussion of datasets.

The module engages students in extensive reading and interaction with data and resources outside of class. Thus, these weekly sessions are best seen as important starting points for study; they should give students information to reflect upon further both in class and in their own independent study. They also provide an
introduction to state-of-the-art tools and resources for the study of theolinguistics


The assessment will be two project proposals (one focusing on data from a religious context, one from a secular context) (750 words each)
 and one final essay/project which expands on one of the proposals (2,500 words)

Contact Details

0114 222 0228

Information last changed: Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 :: 10:20:08 AM (GMT)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


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