School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: W/S-089 Semester: 7th
Course Title: Discourse Analysis
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 6
Course type: Undergraduate seminar Special background
Prerequisite courses: Introduction to linguistics
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Yes
Course website (Url): /


    Learning outcomes: 

    This course is an introduction to Discourse Analysis, the branch of linguistics which studies naturally occurring (oral and written) discourse in everyday communication. Its main aims are to a) familiarize students in the social sciences with basic pragmatic and sociolinguistic notions relating to language in use and underpinning discourse analysis and b) to use these key notions for the practical aim of analyzing authentic linguistic data (texts). The knowledge acquired promotes the understanding of discourse as a multilayered phenomenon, while the relevant skills allow students to analyze aspects of our everyday linguistic production in a principled and systematic way. The ulterior aim of the course is to provide social scientists with an understanding that social phenomena are anchored in discourse and that it constitutes social practice.

    General Competences: 

    • Understanding the peculiarities of analyzing discourse based on naturally occurring data
    • Individual work
    • Team-work

    (3) SYLLABUS

    In this course, students are introduced in Discourse Analysis, the branch of sociopragmatics which studies the organization of various aspects of everyday natural discourse (and which often takes the form of conversation). We begin by approaching key notions of pragmatics and sociolinguistics, such as utterance, context, linguistic variation and its dimensions as prerequisites for the analysis of naturally occurring data, and we move on to issues such as deixis/indexicality, speech acts in relation to implicatures, critical discourse analysis, conversation analysis, linguistic im/politeness, gendered and sexed discourse, bilingual discourse (code mixing/switching), etc. The lectures, oral presentations, and written assignments focus on collecting and analyzing naturally occurring data.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Use of educational materials available online through the eclass platform
    Student have access on EClass.
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 50
    Oral presentations 40
    Written assignments 60
    Course total: 150
    Student performance evaluation: Language of evaluation: Greek
    Method of evaluation:
    Oral presentation 40 %
    Written assignments 60%


    Suggested bibliography:

    Αρχάκης, Α. & Μ. Κονδύλη. 2011. Εισαγωγή σε ζητήματα κοινωνιογλωσσολογίας. 3η έκδοση. Αθήνα: Νήσος.
    Brown, G. & Yule, G. 1983. Discourse Analysis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    Γεωργαλίδου, Μ., Σηφιανού, Μ. & Β. Τσάκωνα. (επιμ.). 2014. Ανάλυση λόγου: Θεωρία και εφαρμογές. Αθήνα: Νήσος.
    Gee, J. P. 2005/1999. An Introduction to Discourse Analysis: Theory and Method, 2η έκδ. London: Routledge.
    Gee, J. P. 2011. How to Do Discourse Analysis: A Toolkit. Oxon: Routledge.
    Holmes, J. 2016/1992. Εισαγωγή στην κοινωνιογλωσσολογία. Αθήνα: Πατάκης.
    Κανάκης, Κ. 2007. Εισαγωγή στην πραγματολογία: Γνωστικές και κοινωνικές όψεις της γλωσσικής χρήσης. Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις του Εικοστού Πρώτου.
    Sifianou, M. 2001. Discourse Analysis: An Introduction. Athens: Leader Books.
    Yule, G. 2006. Πραγματολογία. Μετάφραση: Α. Αλβανούδη & Χ. Καπελλίδη. Επιμέλεια: Θ.-Σ. Παυλίδου. Θεσσαλονίκη: Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης, Ινστιτούτο Νεοελληνικών Σπουδών [Ίδρυμα Μανόλη Τριανταφυλλίδη].