AXL4305S Linguistic Approaches to the Study of Narrative

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Convener: TBA

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an Honours or Master’s programme. Students wishing to take this course do not need to have studied Linguistics at undergraduate level. Linguistic approaches will be introduced in ways that make them accessible to people with no grounding in Linguistics, while still stretching students who do have such a grounding.

Course outline:

The course aims to enable students to understand approaches to the study of narrative that have developed in different areas of Linguistics (such as Anthropological Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis), and to use those that interest them most. Students who have a background in other kinds of narrative theory will be encouraged to draw on it where relevant in seminars and in assignments. Narratives to be examined include formal and informal oral narratives (such as those told by children, by adults in conversation, by interviewees in oral history interviews, by story-tellers, by people in courts), as well as various kinds of written narratives (fiction and non-fiction, literary and non-literary). Students will be encouraged to supply narratives of their choice for use in some seminars.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work and at least 75% attendance at seminars.

Assessment: Two minor essays counting 20% each, and one major essay counting 60%.