Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Literary Linguistics

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit introduces the application of linguistic frameworks to literary texts and invites students to engage in critical evaluation of the different (and sometimes contrasting) approaches to the study of language, literature and their affinities. It encourages the view that an interface of approaches within English Language Studies and literary studies provides students with a flexible yet significantly powerful analytical tool while facilitating task-oriented approaches to language learning/teaching.

To this purpose, the work of figures like Roman Jakobson, Viktor Šhklovsky, Jan Mukařovský, Ron Carter, Geoffrey Leech, Mick Short and Roger Fowler will be introduced. Their contributions will be considered in view of how they have shaped the current state of stylistics.

Study-unit Aims

The study-unit aims at:
- enabling the students to use linguistic description as a means of engaging with literary texts;
- introducing students to methodologies and theoretical approaches of literary linguistic analysis;
- providing students with the space to practise the application of linguistic frameworks;
- assisting students with the creation of tasks which adopt the interface of language and literature in an ELT environment;
- making students aware of different intellectual and analytical traditions in the broad fields of literary linguistics and stylistics.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- describe the various linguistic frameworks and their applications within literary conventions (deviation and parallelism; foregrounding; point of view; speech and thought presentation);
- investigate the effects of literary genres through the structure of their language;
- discuss texts through a literary linguistics description;
- identify the different needs in an ELT environment to design tasks based on an interface of language and literature;
- compare the relative strengths of different approaches within literary linguistics and stylistics.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- assess style, tone and pitch across diverse linguistic and textual contexts;
- relate outlooks and perspectives across studies in literature and linguistics.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

- Students will be given a reading pack and a full reading list at the start of the study-unit, but the following provide some useful background.
- Leech, G. N. and Short, M. H. (1981) 'Style in Fiction: A linguistic introduction to English fictional prose'. London: Longman.
- Short, M. H. (ed.) (1996) 'Exploring the Language of Poems, Plays and Prose'. London: Longman.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: BA (Hons), BA, B Ed (Hons) with a specialisation in English or equivalent

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM2 No 30%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Odette Vassallo

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