LET-TWM-ETC402
Global English
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-TWM-ETC402
Credits (ECTS)5
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; English Language and Culture;
Lecturer(s)
Coordinator
dr. J.G. Geenen
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Lecturer
dr. J.G. Geenen
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Contactperson for the course
dr. J.G. Geenen
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Examiner
dr. J.G. Geenen
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Academic year2021
Period
PER 2  (08/11/2021 to 30/01/2022)
Starting block
PER 2
Course mode
full-time
RemarksAccessible to exchange students.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
  • to gain a clear understanding of the basic concepts and technical terminology associated with the field of pragmatics and related issues in communication involving speakers of new varieties of English;
  • to become aware of the elements involved in pragmatic competence, as well as the ability to critically reflect on one's own pragmatic competence and convey that knowledge to others;
  • to learn to analyze English utterances in their discourse contexts, focusing on information structure, and on pragmatic elements such as deixis, openings and closings, (indirect) speech acts, presuppositions, implicatures, and politeness phenomena;
  • to produce an MA level research proposal.  
Content
In Global English, we examine the status, use, and grammar of Global English(es), primarily from the perspective of pragmatics, beginning with basic pragmatic properties and discourse processes in English generally. We will discuss how pragmatic change can lead to other types of linguistic change, including syntactic change. The starting point will be that English used by native speakers of other languages (and in some cases of descendants of native speakers of other languages) can diverge from familiar standard English and American models because of pragmatic differences that follow from cultural and linguistic differences. It is increasingly important to understand these pragmatic differences and to be able to convey that understanding to others, because difference may lead to lasting linguistic change and divergence, but also because it can produce miscommunication in contexts in which speakers of different varieties meet and interact.  
Level

Presumed foreknowledge

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Specifics

Assumed previous knowledge
Note for exchange students: you cannot take this course if your English proficiency level is not at least C1 (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or Cambridge). A statement from your home university won't be accepted.

Recommended materials
Book
Birner, Betty J. 2013. Introduction to Pragmatics. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
Title:Introduction to Pragmatics
Author:Birner, Betty J
Publisher:Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 2013
Texts
Weekly readings, including research papers with study questions.

Instructional modes
Lecture

Tests
Essay
Test weight50
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 2, Block PER 3

Minimum grade
5,5

Oral examination
Test weight50
Test typeOral exam
OpportunitiesBlock PER 2, Block PER 3

Minimum grade
5,5