ELL337 : Semantics, Pragmatics and Discourse: Analysing Language in Use

Convenor(s): Dr Jane Mulderigg


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

General Information

The course aims to introduce you to the critical analysis of spoken and written discourse in contemporary social contexts. It provides a range of resources and techniques for analysing texts and dialogue, enabling you to apply them to real life data drawn from a wide variety of contexts.


Methods include functional grammatical analysis of clauses and sentences, analysis of text cohesion and generic structure, conversational and pragmatic analysis of dialogue, and intertextual and interdiscursive analysis. You will also be introduced to critical discourse analysis and be encouraged to reflect upon the role of language use in the (re)production of power relations. Throughout the course there will be a focus on analysing authentic data from a range of contexts including the language of politics, advertising, business, law, education, and the internet.


Please note this module is capped for numbers although no special prerequisites apply.


The whole group will meet for two hours each week with time divided between lecture input in interactive mode and group discussions and practical tasks. Note that the analysis of data is a key component of this module. It is vital that you participate fully in these practical tasks and subsequently read around each subject area fully.



*It is anticipated that the following forms of assessment will apply:


There will be two pieces of assessment: [1] a take-home exam worth 40% of your final mark and [2] a written assignment (2500 words) worth 60% of your final mark.


[1] An exam containing questions to evaluate the knowledge you have gained during the course. You will be given one week to complete the assessment.

[2] Written assignment: this may take the form of an essay and/or analysis of a data set.  A selection of assignment titles will be provided by the tutor; if a student has a particular area of interest, the assignment may be negotiated between tutor and student.   


*Note that these are subject to change


Contact Details

Dr Jane Mulderigg


Information last changed: Monday 10th of August 2015 :: 12:39:59 PM (BST)

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


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