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Language and Power

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About the Course

In this course, Professor Lesley Jeffries (University of Huddersfield) explores some aspects of language and power. In the first module, we think about the relationship between power, ideology and language, including the concept of ideation. In the following two modules, we look at six approaches that we can use to better understand the ideation and ideology of a text: (i) the use of noun-phrases; (ii) verb choice; (iii) the use of negation; (iv) the use of lists; (v) the use of 'constructed opposites'; and (vi) reported speech. In the fourth module, we introduce some key tips and considerations for conducting your own textual analysis, before turning in the fifth module to look at some of these concepts and tools in action in Professor Jeffries' own research.

About the Lecturer

Lesley Jeffries is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Huddersfield. She is the Director of the Institute for Applied Linguistics at Huddersfield and the PI on the Hansard at Huddersfield project. Her main research interests are in political applications of stylistics, the stylistics of poetry and theories of textual meaning. Her major publications include (as co-author with with Dan McIntyre) Stylistics (2010) and Keywords in the Press: The New Labour Years (2017).

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