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Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis

Prof. zw. dr hab. Piotr Cap


This MA-level course will describe the current state of research in the field of linguistic pragmatics seen in the broad sense of a functional (i. e. cognitive, social and cultural) perspective on language and communication. A wide variety of topics will be discussed and students will acquire both theoretical and practical expertise within the following subfields:

- application of linguistic pragmatics in the analysis of real-life discourse (language of politics and the media; advertising; social communication; misunderstandings; humor, etc.)

- status of pragmatics in relation to such disciplines as sociolinguistics, anthropology, social psychology, cognitivism and culture studies

- methodology of pragmatic investigation and parameters of analysis (deixis, presupposition, implicature, speech acts)

- implementation of pragmatic awareness in foreign language teaching

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