Discourse Analysis

Course Information
TitleΑνάλυση Λόγου / Discourse Analysis
CodeΓλ 548
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600004018


Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
GlōssologíaElective CoursesWinter/Spring-7.5

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
  • Γλ 540 Semantics
  • Γλ 541 Pragmatics
  • Γλ 550 Sociolinguistics
Learning Outcomes
1. Acquire familiarity with different approaches and theories in discourse analysis 2. Be able to critically evaluate existing frameworks 3. Be able to apply discourse analytic methods to the study of language and society 4. Undertake independent research, negotiate individual tasks and topics.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course will be a critical survey of different approaches in discourse analysis. Students will engage in readings that take them well beyond introductory and survey readings, and draw on their previous training in discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, and pragmatics. The course will address the following themes: the notion of context in discursive psychology and conversation analysis, theoretical and methodological differences between post-structuralism, discursive psychology and conversation analysis, feminist and other critical perspectives on discourse, performativity, intertextuality and indexicality, discourse markers, and the relation between discourse and cognition. The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop their analytical skills from a number of discourse perspectives through data sessions in class.
discourse, context, performativity, indexicality, cognition
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Written assigments
Student Assessment
Student assessment will be based on the following: (a) Research paper (70%) The research paper may be a report of original research or a critical review of the literature on a specific topic of relevance to the seminar. (b) Seminar presentation (20%) Every participant in the seminar will lead a data session and make a seminar presentation. (c) General participation (10%)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Mills, S. (2004). Discourse. London: Routledge. Wooffitt, R. (2005). Conversation Αnalysis and Discourse Analysis: A Comparative and Critical Introduction. London: Sage.
Additional bibliography for study
Optional readings (indicative): Week 1 Introduction to Discursive Psychology and Conversation Analysis Heritage, J. (2001 [1984]). Goffman, Garfinkel and Conversation Analysis. In M.Wetherell, S. Taylor and S. Yates (Eds.), Discourse Theory and Practice: A Reader, pp 47-56. London: Sage. Phillips, L. and M. Jorgensen. (2001). Discourse Analysis as Theory and Method. London: Sage. Chapter 1. Wetherell, M. (2001). Themes in discourse research: The case of Diana. In M. Wetherell, S. Taylor and S. Yates (Eds.), Discourse Theory and Practice: A Reader, pp. 14-28. London: Sage. Week 2 Debating Context: The Perspectives of Discursive Psychology and Conversation Analysis Schegloff, E. (1997). Whose text? Whose context? Discourse and Society 8: 165-87. Billig, M. (1999a). Whose terms? Whose ordinariness? Rhetoric and ideology in Conversation Analysis. Discourse and Society 10: 543-58. Schegloff, E. (1999a). ‘Schegloff’s texts’ as ‘Billig’s data’: A critical reply. Discourse and Society 10: 558-72. Billig, M. (1999b) Conversation Analysis and the claims of naivety. Discourse and Society 10: 572-6. Schegloff, E. (1999b) Naivete vs sophistication or discipline vs self-indulgence: A rejoinder to Billig. Discourse and Society 10: 577-82. Week 3 Post-structuralism and Discursive Psychology Phillips, L. and M. Jorgensen. (2001). Discourse Analysis as Theory and Method. London: Sage. Chapter 2. Wetherell, M. (1998). Positioning and interpretive repertoires: Conversation analysis and post-structuralism in dialogue. Discourse and Society 9: 387-412. Week 4 Feminism and other Critical Perspectives Kitzinger, C. (2000). Doing Feminist Conversation Analysis. Feminism Psychology 10(2): 163-193. Kitzinger, C. (2005). Speaking as a heterosexual: (How) does sexuality matter for talk-in-interaction. Research on Language and Social Interaction 38(3): 221-265. Speer, S. (2002). Sexist talk: Gender categories, participants’ orientations and irony. Journal of Sociolinguistics 6: 347-377. West, C. and S. Fenstermaker. (2002). Accountability in action: the accomplishment of gender, race and class in a meeting of the University of California Board of Regents. Discourse and Society 13: 537-563. van Dijk, T. A. (1992). Discourse and the denial of racism. Discourse and Society 3: 87-118. Week 5 Performativity: crossing and identity Bauman, R. and Briggs, C. L. 1990. Poetics and performance as critical perspectives on language and social life. Annual Review of Anthropology 19: 59-88. Pennycook, A. (2004). Performativity and language studies. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies 1: 1-19. Rampton, B. 1998. Language crossing and the redefinition of reality. In P. Auer (Ed.) Codeswitching and Conversation, pp. 290-317. London: Routledge. Week 6 Intertextuality and Indexicality Hill, J. (2005). Intertextuality as source and evidence for indirect indexical meanings. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 15: 113-124. Silverstein, M. (2003). Indexical order and the dialectics of sociolinguistic life. Language and Communication 23: 193-229. Week 7 Discourse markers Heritage, J. (2015). Well-prefaced turns in English conversation: A conversation analytic perspective. Journal of Pragmatics 88: 88-104. Schiffrin, D. (1985). Conversational coherence: The role of well. Language 61(3): 640-666. Schiffrin, D. (2001). Discourse markers: Language, meaning and context. In D. Schiffrin, D. Tannen and H. Hamilton (Eds.), The Handbook of Discourse Analysis, pp. 54-75. Malden, Mass: Blackwell. Week 8 Discourse and Cognition Heritage, J. (2005). Cognition in discourse. In H. Te Molder and J. Potter (Eds.), Conversation and Cognition, pp. 184-202. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. van Dijk, T. A. (2010). Discourse and Context: A Sociocognitive Approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Chapter 3.
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