Checking date: 18/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Languages and discourse theory
Master in Cultural Theory and Critique (Plan: 356 - Estudio: 253)

Coordinating teacher: GARCES GOMEZ, MARIA PILAR

Department assigned to the subject: Humanities: Philosophy, Language, Literature Theory Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
The student needs a perfect domain of Spanish and its orthography to pass this subject.
OBJECTIVES AND COMPETENCES This subject focuses on the analysis of concepts, methods and perspectives of main discursive theories to apply them to the explication and interpretation of different texts types and speeches. The student is pretended to be able to: - To know and to understand the different dimensions of human linguistic component. - To develop the critic reflection aptitude in language general and speech´s theories ambit. - To know and to understand the different theories and investigation´s methods of main speech´s analysis perspectives. - To be able to analyze and to critic the most relevant text about the subject. - To design communicative strategies and to propose linguistic tool´s catalogues adapted to different situations and different contexts. - To have abilities to value fluency and communicative efficacy of different linguistic resources used in the interaction. - To apply a basic selection of analysis resources to study the relationships between speech and society. - To be able to prepare academic texts related to the topic. - To be able to recognize and describe the discursive mechanisms used by speakers for specific purposes. As a result of learning, the student will know the main problems related to language and discourse theory, as well as the theories that have dealt with them, will have the conceptual and methodological instruments to address them, will be able to handle the bibliography on the subject and to prepare a work on the issues involved in the subject with the relevant academic and conceptual rigor. Transversal competences - Respect for gender equality and the principle of equal treatment and non-discrimination. - Respect for the principles of universal accessibility and design for all people. - Respect for human rights and fundamental rights. - Treatment of sustainability and climat change.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
STUDY PLAN 1. Language and discourse theories 1.1. Theories and methods in textual and discursive analysis. 1.2. Cognitive and linguistic processes in the interpretation of discourse. 2. Discourse and interaction 2.1. Participants in communication and their interactions. 2.2. Discourse and public image. 3. Discourse, society and culture 3.1. Discourse and power. 3.2. Gender and discourse studies. 3.3. Linguistic landscapes in social movements. 3.4. Discourse, humor and irony. 4. Discourse and communication processes 4.1. Written discourse and oral discourse. 4.2. Digital discourse. 4.3. Discourse in the media. 4.4. Discourse in scientific communication.
Learning activities and methodology
The exposition of theoretic questions included in the program is one of the knowledge acquisition´s methods for the student, as much as the determined lectures, which will be the base of scientific discussions, problems expositions and resolution suggestions of those. Furthermore, there will be a practical part, which will consists on the application of the acquired knowledge to different text´s and speeches¿ types analysis from different points of view; on the other hand, students will have to prepare an individual or group oral presentations about one of the studied topics and they will write a text about that exposition. TUTORIALS There will be two hours of tutorials every week.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Alba, L. . Perspectives on Discourse Analysis. Theory and Practice. . Newcastle: Cambridge Scholar Publishing. 2009.
  • Albelda Marco, M. / Mihatsch, W. (eds.). . Atenuación e intensificación en diferentes géneros discursivos. . Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert.. 2017.
  • Ayres-Bennett, W. / Sanson, H. (eds.). . Women in the History of Linguistics. . Oxford: Oxford University Press. . 2020
  • Brown, G. / Levinson, S. C. . Politeness. Some universals in language use. . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.. 1987.
  • Brown, G. / Yule. G. . Análisis del discurso. . Madrid: Visor. . 1993.
  • Calsamiglia, H. / Tusón, A. . Las cosas del decir. Manual de análisis del discurso. . Barcelona: Ariel.. 2012.
  • Cortés Rodríguez, L. . Análisis del discurso político.. Almería: Universidad de Almería.. 2015.
  • Cortés Rodríguez, L. . Cómo conocer mejor los discursos políticos. . Madrid: Síntesis. . 2017.
  • Cortés Rodríguez, L. . El discurso político, I y II.. Madrid: Arco Libros.. 2022.
  • Escandell, M. V. . La comunicación: Lengua, cognición y sociedad. . Madrid: Akal.. 2014.
  • Escandell, Mª. V. / Amenós, J. / Ahern, A. K. . Pragmática. . Madrid: Akal . 2020
  • Fairclough, N.. Discurso y cambio social. Buenos Aires, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras. 1996
  • Foucault, M. (1966). Les mots et les choses. Paris, Gallimard.
  • Foucault, M. (1966). Les mots et les choses. Paris, Gallimard.
  • Fuentes Rodríguez, C.. Lingüística pragmática y análisis del discurso. Madrid, Arco Libros. 2015 (2ª ed.)
  • Fuentes Rodríguez, C.. Lingüística pragmática y análisis del discurso. Madrid, Arco Libros. 2017 (3 ed.)
  • Fuentes Rodríguez, C. . El discurso en su contexto de realización. Lingüística pragmática, argumentación y cortesía. . Sevilla: Editorial Universidad de Sevilla.. 2020.
  • Fuentes Rodríguez, C. (coord.). . Imagen social y medios de comunicación. . Madrid: Arco Libros. . 2013.
  • Fuentes Rodríguez, C. / Brenes Peña, E. (eds.). . Comunicación estratégica para el ejercicio del liderazgo femenino. . New York: Routledge. . 2022.
  • Fuentes Rodríguez, C. / Brenes Peña, E. / Prestigiacomo, C. (eds.). . . Estrategias comunicativas, proyección de imagen y género. . Palermo: Palermo University Press. . 2022.
  • Goffman, E.. Forms of Talk. Oxford, Blackwell. 1981
  • Goodman, N. . Ways of Worldmaking. . Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company. . 1978.
  • Koike, D. A. / César Félix-Brasdefer, J. . The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Pragmatics. . London: Routledge . 2020
  • Laborda Gil, X.. De la retórica. La comunicación persuasiva. Barcelona, UOC. 2012
  • López Alonso, C. . Análisis del discurso. . Madrid: Síntesis. . 2014.
  • López Ferrero, C. / Carranza Isolda, E. / Van Dijk, T. (eds.). . Estudios del discurso. The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Language Discourse Studies. . London/New York. . 2022
  • Milroy J. y Milroy, L. . Authority in Language: Investigating Language Prescription and Standardisation. . London: Routledge. . 1991.
  • Moure, T. . Lingüística se escribe con A. La perspectiva de género en las ideas sobre el lenguaje.. Madrid: Catarata.. 2021.
  • Parini, A. (ed.). . El español en la red. . Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert.. 2018.
  • Penny, R.. Variación y cambio en español.. Madrid: Gredos. . 2000.
  • Perelman, C. / Olbrechts-Tyteca, L. . Tratado de la argumentación. La Nueva retórica . Madrid, Gredos. 1989
  • Placencia, M. E. / Padilla, X. A. (eds.):. Guía práctica de pragmática del español. Routledge. 2020
  • Portolés, J. . Pragmática para hispanistas. . Madrid: Síntesis. . 2004.
  • Portolés, J. . La censura de la palabra. Estudio de pragmática y análisis del discurso. . València: Universitat de València.. 2016.
  • Robles Ávila, S. / Moreno Ortiz, A. (eds.). . Comunicación mediada por ordenador. . Madrid: Cátedra.. 2019.
  • Romaine, S. . El lenguaje en la sociedad: una introducción a la sociolingüística. . Barcelona: Ariel. . 1996.
  • Schiffrin, D. / Tannen, D. / Hamilton, H. (eds.). . Handbook of Discourse Analysis.. New York: Blackwell. . 2001.
  • Sperber, D. / Wilson, D. . Relevance.. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.. 1986 (1.ª ed.) / 1995 (2.ª ed. revisada y aumentada).
  • Van Dijk, T. A.. Élite, discurso y racismo. . Barcelona: Gedisa.. 1993.
  • Van Dijk, T. A. . Sociedad y discurso. Cómo influyen los contextos sociales sobre el texto y la conversación. . Barcelona: Gedisa.. 2011.
  • Van Dijk, T. A. (comp.). . El discurso como interacción social. . Barcelona: Gedisa.. 2009.
  • Van Dijk, T. A. (comp.). . El discurso como estructura y proceso. . Barcelona: Gedisa. . 2009.
  • Wodak, R. / Meyer, M. . Methods for Critical Discourse Analysis.. London: Sage. . 2009.
  • Yus Ramos, F. . Ciberpragmática 2.0. El uso del lenguaje en Internet. Barcelona, Ariel. 2010
  • Yus Ramos, F. . Humor and Relevance . Amsterdam: John Benjamins . 2016
  • Yus Ramos, F. . Smartphone Communication . New York: Routledge . 2021
  • Zabaltza, X. . Una historia de las lenguas y los nacionalismos. . Barcelona: Gedisa. . 2006.
Additional Bibliography
  • Gee, James / Handford, Michael (eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis. New York, Routledge. 2014

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.