Course Description for Discourse Analysis
Prerequisite: INT 1000, ASL 2150, and ENC 1101
Description: This course introduces discourse analysis to deepen student awareness of and appreciation for various discourse norms and strategies used in English and American Sign Language (ASL). Students will study general discourse types, including conversations, presentations, and narratives specific to ASL and English. Students will study speech act theory and pragmatics in order to identify features of cohesion, coherence, politeness, and powerful/powerless language in oral, written, and signed texts. Students will learn how to identify the function of intent, discourse markers, rhythm, prosody, and space. Discourse structures and genres, gender differences, and framing will also be addressed. The course emphasizes relevance to meaning-based cross cultural communication.