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Language and Power

2. Models and Methods

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Lecture

In this module, we begin to explore the models and methods available to Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) to help deconstruct textual meanings and consider their relations to power and ideology. As we move through the module, we consider: (i) an example of how two different papers described the removal of the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol in 2020; (ii) the concept of the 'protest paradigm'; (iii) the necessity of a linguistic theory in order to analyse how texts assume and embed certain points of view in their very language; (iv) the key principles of CDA; (v) the history of CDA, including the work of M. A. K Halliday and Systemic Function Grammar; (vi) the existence of other models, including those based in Cognitive Linguistics; (vii) criticisms of CDA; and (viii) responses to those criticisms, including the combination of qualitative methods with quantitative methods such as Corpus Linguistics.

Course

In this course, Professor Christopher Hart (Lancaster University) explores the ways that language can serve to enact power and enable social inequalities and injustices, particularly in relation to social issues such as immigration and political protests. In the first module, we introduce the concept of a text and consider the relationship between language and power in society. In the second module, we begin to explore the models and methods available to critical discourse analysis (CDA) to help deconstruct textual meanings and consider their relations to power and ideology. In the third module, we think about how power and ideology are encoded through some of the grammatical choices a text may present, before turning in the fourth module to consider the impact of a single linguistic feature – metaphor. In the fifth and final module, we think about the construction of power and ideology in other modes of representation, focusing in particular on images.

Lecturer

Prof. Christopher Hart is Professor of Linguistics at Lancaster University. His research draws on insights and methods from cognitive science and critical discourse analysis to investigate the links between language, cognition and social/political action. Some of his recent publications include Discourse, Grammar and Ideology: Functional and Cognitive Perspectives (2014), (as co-editor with D. Kelsey) Discourses of Disorder: Riots, Strikes and Protests in the Media (2018), and (as editor) Cognitive Linguistic Approaches to Text and Discourse: From Poetics to Politics (2019).

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Hart, C. (2022, April 20). Language and Power - Models and Methods [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/language-and-power-hart/models-and-methods

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Hart, Christopher. "Language and Power – Models and Methods." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 20 Apr 2022, https://massolit.io/courses/language-and-power-hart/models-and-methods

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