Language variation and change - Université Bordeaux Montaigne

Language variation and change

Crédits ECTS : 6.0

Travaux Dirigés 12h

Cours Magistral 12h

Effectif maximal : 27

Code ELP : MIA1Y19

Composante : UFR Langues et Civilisations

Période de l'année : Semestre 1

Formes d'enseignement : Non accessible à distance


This seminar explores the way meaning is constructed in language, with a focus on semantic, pragmatic and social factors. With the goal of defining the role played by social interaction, we examine language in communicative contexts, particularly in spoken media: interviews, speeches, conversation, TV soap dramas, stand-up comedy, MOOCs, etc. The seminar provides an overview of theories on discourse and particularly on communicative competence (cognitive and interactive skills allowing language-users to make inferences, detect background assumptions, frame judgments about speakers’ intentions and evaluations), as well as on sociolinguistic variation. As our approach is corpus-based, we also look at the methodology of corpus linguistics and we discuss issues involved in collecting and tagging transcripts.


FAIRCLOUGH, Norman. 2003. Analysing Discourse. London: Routledge
JOHNSTONE, Barbara. 2002. Discourse Analysis. Blackwell.
LEVINSON, Stephen. 1983. Pragmatics. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
TRUDGILL, Peter. 1995. Sociolinguistics. An Introduction to Language and Society. London: Penguin
YULE, George. 1996. Pragmatics. Cambridge University Press.

< Liste des matières