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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Spring 2004


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43970 MW
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Parlin 8C

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the linguistic areas of discourse analysis and pragmatics, with a special focus on data of the Spanish language. In the first half of the course, devoted to pragmatics, students will examine issues in the field such as speech acts, deixis, implicature, inference, and applications of pragmatics to language acquisition. In the second half of the course, students will look at topics in discourse analysis such as narration, discourse semantics, genres, and social cognition. The course has a sociolinguistic approach to analysis. Students will be expected to participate in discussions in seminar style, with active dialogue between students and professor on assigned topics. Students will write a research paper on an original research project of about 20 pages in length, and will do three presentations in class. One of the presentations will be a presentation of and response to an article. Another is a review of a given topic for the exam. The third is a brief presentation of the term paper.

Grading Policy

Students will engage in an active dialogue with the instructor based on the readings. Each student will present and critique at least two articles, and also present parts of their research project throughout the semester for discussion. At the end of the semester, they will turn in an original, twenty-page research paper. Grading system: Research project 40% Exam 20% Paper presentation 10% Article presentation 10% Review Preparation 10% Class discussion and preparation 10%


Green, G. Pragmatics and natural language understanding. Van Dijk, T. Discourse as structure and process.


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