The student needs to know how language is used beyond the sentence. This entails knowledge of the rules involved in the achievement of textuality as well as knowledge of how meaning is retrieved from speakers despite what they actually say in a complex activity such as a conversation.
This is an analysis of how written and spoken stretches of language are structured. Special attention is paid to how texts are organized and how the linguistic forms involved are related to the features of the contexts in which they are used in communication
- To make the student aware of the functions of language as well as the criteria for determining textuality.
- To enable the student to focus on the characterizing features of the two modes of communication, spoken and written language, and how these relate to the actual type of language used.
- To enable the student to look for structure in conversation, including how meaning is accessed in conversation.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Show awareness of the functions of language as well as be able to highlight the similarities and differences of its spoken and written manifestations.
- Show how meaning is accessed in utterances.
- Recognize elements used in achieving textuality.
- Discuss the principles behind the construction and management of conversation.