1575.23 - Pragmatics (BA)

Course number
Pragmatics (BA)
First 90 ECTS of bachelor’s degree in Faroese. Other students with similar prerequisites can apply for individual course participation.
To provide the student with insight into pragmatics as a discipline within linguistics and skills to evaluate, analyze and describe language usage and register at different levels and in different fields. Based in relevant theories on pragmatics the course offers abilities and tools to analyze and evaluate diversity in language usage.
A selection of field-specific oral and written text will be analysed using different academic approaches. These approaches may include stylistics, rhetoric, sociolinguistics and discourse analysis. The course will examine examples of political jargon, sports jargon, scientific jargon, media jargon, school textbooks, etc. Language norms and the background to them will also be addressed.
Learning and teaching approaches
Presentations by the lecturer and students as well as discussions.
Learning outcomes
Successful students can demonstrate: • basic theoretical knowledge about language usage and how it is analysed • ability to use tools to analyse language usage and stylistics • knowledge about and training in assessing and adapting language to different uses according to the receiver and context • ability to relate analysed texts to the theory covered • understanding of language diversity • insight into the foundations underpinning language norms
Assessment method
Combined exam with question and an oral presentation. The students get 3 days to prepare an oral presentation with materials about a given topic.
Marking scale
A detailed syllabus list will be provided at the start of the course. There will be read from e.g. these books: Wenche Vagle, Margareth Sandvik og Jan Svennevig. 2004. Tekst og kontekst. En innføring i tekstlingvistikk og pragmatikk. J.W Cappelens forlag. Ib Ulbæk. 2005. Sproglig tekstanalyse – introduktion til pragmatisk tekstlingvistik. Hans Reitzels forlag. Stephen C. Levison. 2003. Pragmatics. Cambridge University Press. Yan Huang. 2007. Pragmatics. Oxford University Press. Anna Maria Lassen. 2012. Sprog i brug – sproghandlinger og kommunikation. Systime. Carol Henriksen (red.). 2001. Can you reach the salt? Pragmatikkens klassiske tekster. Roskilde Universitetsforlag.
Zakaris Svabo Hansen