LING 440: Critical Discourse Analysis

Course Aims, Objectives and Content

This course will focus on different methods and issues in Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA).  CDA is broadly concerned with the way that language and other semiotic modalities reflect, legitimate and instantiate power and inequality in social relations.  In this course, students are introduced to various methodological approaches to CDA which draw on and apply a range of theoretical frameworks including functional grammar, argumentation theory, cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, conversation analysis and pragmatics.  A variety of discourses articulated in talk, text and image and operating across a range of social and political fields of action are considered, including discourses of race, immigration, war, national identity, political protest, and corporate responsibility.  Students will also be encouraged to critically engage, through close textual analysis, with discourses of specific interest to themselves.  Throughout the course, students will be introduced to and encouraged to engage with a number of theoretical and methodological debates currently ongoing in CDA.


A 5,000 word written assignment.

Recommended Reading

Bartlett, T. (2014).  Analysing Power in Language: A Practical Guide

Chilton, P. (2004).  Analysing Political Discourse: Theory and Practice.  London: Routledge.

Jeffries, L. (2009).  Critical Stylistics: The Power of English.

Hart, C. (2014).  Discourse, Grammar and Ideology: Functional and Cognitive Perspectives.  London: Bloomsbury.

Hart, C. and P. Cap (eds.) (2014).  Contemporary Critical Discourse Studies.  London: Bloomsbury.

Machin, D. and A. Mayr (2012).  How to Critical Discourse Analysis: A Multimodal Introduction.

Wodak, R., and M. Meyer (eds.) (2009). Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis. London: Sage.

Additional Information

Anybody registering for the Critical Discourse Analysis course (LING 440) is expected to have completed (LING442) Introduction to Discourse Studies.

If this is not possible, please seek an appointment with Dr Christopher Hart to discuss what else might serve as a prerequisite.


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