20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module introduces students to Text World Theory, a cognitive-linguistic model of discourse processing. It provides an opportunity to explore the text-world approach to the analysis of discourse, as well as a range of related ideas and frameworks from the disciplines of linguistics, psychology, philosophy, narratology, and stylistics. We will examine, for example, the influence of context on the production and reception of discourse, the linguistic means through which mental representations of discourse are created, and the ways in which multiple worlds can be constructed across extended stretches of language. Students will be introduced to the core components of Text World Theory and will develop the skills necessary to apply this approach to a range of discourse types in a practical and systematic manner.

Restrictions on availability: This module is one of suite of UG Level 3 core modules on ELLU14. It can also be taken as an optional module by students on other degrees in the School of English, provided they have successfully completed the pre-requisite module EGH102.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK