EKIS274 The Study of Text (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



Texts can be seen as products, structures and processes. Etymologically, the term text originates from the Latin verb texere, meaning “to weave, to join, to construct.” The question is how the elements of language are woven together to produce a communicative system. This course gives an overview of the main trends in the study, analysis and categorization of texts. Special attention will be paid to the structure and design of online texts. The course will integrate approaches from text linguistics, cognitive theories, genre analysis, social semiotics, and web usability.

Completion methods

Contact teaching, pair and group work, readings, analysis tasks and a course paper

Assessment details

Based on participation in class, home assignments and a course paper.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the students will be able to
•identify the main directions of research in text linguistics,
•understand and apply the concepts of text, hypertext, text type and genre,
•differentiate between structural, functional and cognitive approaches,
•apply different methods for text analysis
•describe the move structure of various texts
•critically analyse the structure of texts published on websites.

Additional information

Target group: Advanced level students
Students may be absent from no more than two classes.

Description of prerequisites

Any course (or book exam) on discourse study is highly recommended.

Study materials

Study materials will be available in Moodle. Further readings will be announced in the course.

Completion methods

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