Discourse Analysis

Module code: ED7047

Module co-ordinator: Dr Nick Smith

In this module you will discover how we recognise and use distinctive types and styles of language in different situations and across different media, whether spoken, written, digital or multimodal. We will explore how factors such as communicative intention, politeness and indirectness affect our use of language. We will also explore how power is conveyed (explicitly or implicitly) through language and look at the methods used to collect and study discourse data

Topics covered

  • Introduction to discourse analysis
  • Approaches and tools for analysing discourse
  • Corpus methods
  • Discourse and pragmatics
  • Analysing talk
  • Genre, style, and register
  • Analysing new media (digital) forms of text
  • Critical Discourse Analysis


  • 15 hours of lectures and seminars


  • Data collection project, 3,000 words (100%)
  • If you are also studying the 'Language in Society' module, you can combine the two projects into a single project of 6,000 words.