Second and Third Year course
2009-10 first semester
LCOM2001: Theories of language and communication (6 credits)
Dr. Adrian Pable
Assessment: 100% coursework
course following LCOM1001 examines theoretical discussions of language and communication,
with special reference to underlying assumptions about language (i.e. their
metatheory) and the respective philosophies of language they are based on, their
merits and shortcomings, as well as possible points of contact between them.
These assumptions will also be critically discussed on the basis of exemplary
linguistic studies presented in class. We shall hence consider the various traditions
contributing to language and communication theory, among which the semiotic,
the phenomenological, and the sociocultural traditions. Particular emphasis
will be placed on how sociolinguistic theory has dealt with the phenomena of
language and communication.