Course Description

This course contain of basic concepts in the areas of pragmatics, psycholinguistics, and sociolinguistics. The nature of the discipline of linguistics, its branches, and its relations to other disciplines, such as sociology, psychology, and philosophy. . How language is used in context in view of the most important pragmatic theories: speech acts, Grice’s maxims, and politeness theory, and of how shared knowledge plays a role in the linguistic choices we make. The relationship between language and the brain. 


Course Aims

By the end of the course, students must be able to

1. Define the basic concepts of pragmatics

2. Apply the theoretical concepts of speech act theory and politeness theory to linguistic situations.

3. Explain the role of context in interpreting utterances in relation to speech acts, maxims, and politeness choices.

4. Define the basic concepts of Neurolinguistics: language and the brain.

5. Explain the relationship between language and the brain.


Learning Outcomes

The student will have the ability to perform a simple linguistic analysis.

The ability to answer applications assignments and make use of the information from primary and secondary sources.

The ability to apply knowledge gained to examples from their native language.