This module addresses a number of perspectives on the relationship between language and power. It sets up a dialogue between theories and methods from social theory, critical discourse analysis, interactional sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. It examines the dynamics of language and power in, for example, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, education, informal, institutional & mass-mediated discourse, and global and local interaction. The module also helps students to conduct their own analyses. By the end of this module, participants will have an understanding of relations of language and power in a wide range of domains and communicative settings, and an understanding of how relevant research approaches might be practically applied.
*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2017/18 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years.
Prof. Ben Rampton
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One 6,000 word assignment