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ENGL1059/LCOM1004 - Introduction to pragmatics
Instructor(s)
Semester
2021-2022 First Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Friday , 2:30 pm - 5:20 pm , CPD-2.19
Prerequisite
A minimum Level 5 in English Language HKDSE exam, or an equivalent score in another recognized English proficiency test.

*Note: Students admitted in 2020-21 or before may choose LCOM1004. Students admitted in 2021-22 and thereafter may only choose ENGL1059.*

Please note the first class on September 3, 2021 (Friday) will be conducted online via ZOOM. Please check the course moodle for details.

People do not always say what they mean. So, how do we manage to understand each other if speakers regularly mean something other than what they say? Why don't people just say what they mean? We shall answer these and other questions regarding communication in ordinary and professional/ workplace settings in this introductory course to Pragmatics. Some of the topics we shall be concerned with in this course include different levels of meaning, speaker's intention, interpretation and understanding of utterances; the role of context in utterance interpretations; speech and communicative acts; conversational implicature; presupposition and politeness.

 

Topics

  1. Introduction to pragmatics: defining pragmatics, its origin and correlation with other disciplines;
  2. Context, deixis, reference;
  3. Presupposition;
  4. Conversational implicature. The cooperative principle, conversational maxims;
  5. Transcribing spoken interactions
  6. Speech acts;
  7. Politeness;
  8. Cultural pragmatics.

 

Objectives

  1. To introduce the students to the main pragmatic theoretical concepts;
  2. To introduce the students to historical and recent developments in the field;
  3. To enable the students to engage in pragmatic analysis of spoken data using the theoretical concepts and methodological foundations that they have acquired in class.

 

Organisation

The course is comprised of weekly lectures and tutorials. Arrangement of tutorials will be finalized after the add-drop period when the number of registered students is known.

 

Assessment

Assessment for the course is 100% coursework. It is comprised of two parts:

  1. Tutorials and in-class participation (20%)
    Please note that attendance of all tutorials is mandatory.
  2. Course assignment: analysis of spoken discourse data using pragmatic theories discussed in class (80%).
  • The assignment will be assessed according to the following criteria:

(a) selection of data extract for analysis and transcription (20%);
(b) an essay based on the analysis of selected data (60%)

 

Texts

The required and recommended readings will be provided by the course instructor during the course.


Instructor(s)
Semester
2021-2022 First Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Friday , 2:30 pm - 5:20 pm , CPD-2.19
Prerequisite
A minimum Level 5 in English Language HKDSE exam, or an equivalent score in another recognized English proficiency test.