Discourse Analysis in Spanish


This course will make the students familiar with discourse tools in order to analyze and produce texts in Spanish. It has two main pedagogical objectives: giving the students the tools for discourse analysis and teaching how to use them in the construction of their own discourse practice. This twofold configuration means that the students will learn language consciously and deeply how the language in action works and how to use the language as an instrument of their own.

The course will have three parts. The fist will deal with textual construction- discourse genders, how to construct coherence and cohesion in Spanish with special attention to discourse markers and connectors, differences between oral and written discourse, and register. The second will be about conversation analysis – the structure of interaction in a wide range of encounters, from those very ritualized – such as ceremonies or classes- to casual conversation.  We also deal with non verbal communication and their role in social interaction form a multimodal perspective. The third part will be about critical discourse analysis and ideological discourse construction. We will use the tools learned in the previous parts to trace ideology in different forms of discourse, for instance, the building of Latin identity in music, sexism in advertisement, the Latin bourgeois family in soap operas, and political discourse. Also the students will select areas of analysis and production of their interest.

For the three parts of the course, students will analyze primary texts such as advertisement, music, TV series, realities, films, conversations among native speakers, news, blogs, text messages, academic production, and text books. They also will produce discourse pieces according to specific communicative purposes and situations, such as an advertising campaign, political discourses, academic texts and film/TV scripts. Secondary texts will be in Spanish (original, not translated). Assessment and grade will be built on production of required texts, discussion and analysis of required text in class and project on Critical Discourse Analysis.

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SPAN 3300


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