Courses Catalogue

Text Linguistics

COURSE CODE: LIN 7115
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Linguistics, Masters
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Content and Outline

1)   Introduction and definitions (15hours)

a)    Place, method and evolution of text linguistics

b)    From sentence to text to textuality

c)    The text as a linguistic unit

d)    The orality-literacy continuum

2)   Comparing and contrasting spoken and written text (15hours)

a)    Construction process

b)    Interpretation

c)    Interaction

d)    Micro and macrosyntax

e)    Text as a product vs. text as a process

3)   Constitutive criteria for textuality (15hours)

a)    De Beaugrande and Dressier (1981) and Halliday and Hasan (1976) contributions

b)    Cohesion

c)     Coherence

d)    Intentionality

e)    Acceptability

f)     Informativity

g)    Situationality

h)    Intertextuality

1)   Regulative criteria for textuality (15hours)

a)    Efficiency

b)    Effectiveness

c)     Appropriateness

d)    Text types

e)    Time and tense (flashback and flash forward)

f)     Aspect

g)    Modality

h)    Voice.

i)      Composition

j)     Text specific idiom

Teaching and Learning Methods

1)    Lectures

2)    Demonstration

3)    Written and oral assignments

4)    Tutorials

5)    Group work

Teaching - Learning Materials

•      Whiteboard and markers

•      Flip charts

•      Projectors

•      CDs, DVDs and Tapes