Cognitive Discourse Analysis
dr Anna Jelec
About the course...
Context is fundamental for our understanding of text. The assumption that forms the basis of discourse studies is that we need to know who, when and why created the text in order to fully understand it. Cognitive discourse analysis believes that we should take into account one other important factor - how people think.
The social context (such as education or politics), the thing accomplished by the text (e.g., legislation, teaching), the participants and their various communicative, social and professional roles, the relations between them, the setting (time, location) and other social or interactional properties of the communicative event are all relevant to understanding the discourse behind it (van Dijk 2000).
The thoughts, beliefs, aims, knowledge and personal beliefs of the people who take part in a conversation or discussion influence discourse by creating the so-called cognitive context. If we want to understand why people write and speak the way they do, we need to take the cognitive context into account.
Cognitive analysis of discourse focuses on the processes already identified by cognitive linguistics (metaphor, metonymy, framing, image schemata) and applies that knowledge to discourse analysis. During this class we will learn about cognitive processes and phenomena and apply this knowledge in practice. We will analyse speeches, articles and books as well as conversations and television advertisements in the framework of cognitive discourse analysis (CODA).
Class Schedule 2016/17
Adam Mickiewicz University - Wed 4 PM
European University Viadrina - Mon 11 AM