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ENGL2181/LCOM2003 - Language and politeness
Instructor(s)
Semester
2022-2023 First Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Tuesday , 4:30 pm - 6:20 pm , CPD-G.02
Friday , 5:30 pm - 6:20 pm , CPD-G.02
Prerequisite
Passed 3 introductory courses (with at least one from both List A and List B).

The first class will commence on 6th September, 2022 (Tuesday), 16:30 - 18:20 at CPD-G.02.

This course delves into the topic of language and politeness (and by extension also language and impoliteness). It aims to develop students’ understanding of key theoretical perspectives and issues in linguistic (im)politeness and their capacity to apply the theories to authentic data. It will cover major approaches, from early classic politeness theories to more recent developments which take into account or deal with lay perceptions of (im)politeness. It also explores topics such as (im)politeness and culture as well as (im)politeness in media communication. Examples will be drawn from a wide range of sources such as everyday conversations, political communication and online communication.

 

Topics

  1. What is ‘(im)politeness’?
  2. Pragmatic approaches to (im)politeness
  3. Discursive approaches to (im)politeness
  4. (Im)politeness and culture
  5. (Im)politeness in media communication

 

Objectives

  1. To introduce students to key theoretical perspectives and issues in linguistic (im)politeness;
  2. To develop students’ critical awareness of key issues in (im)politeness research;
  3. To enable students to engage with issues relating to gender, power and culture, as they relate to linguistic (im)politeness;
  4. To develop students’ capacity to apply the theories learnt to authentic data.

 

Organisation

The course is comprised of weekly lectures and tutorials

 

Assessment

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

  1. Tutorials and in-class participation (15%)
    Please note that attendance of all tutorials is mandatory.
  2. Group project (35%)
  3. Final essay (50%)
     
Texts

There is no specific textbook for the course. Relevant readings and references will be provided in class.


Instructor(s)
Semester
2022-2023 First Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Tuesday , 4:30 pm - 6:20 pm , CPD-G.02
Friday , 5:30 pm - 6:20 pm , CPD-G.02
Prerequisite
Passed 3 introductory courses (with at least one from both List A and List B).