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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Introduction to Text Analysis
Module Code LC212
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Ryoko Sasamoto
Semester 2: Ryoko Sasamoto
Autumn: Ryoko Sasamoto
Module TeachersRyoko Sasamoto
Julie Daniel
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to various approaches to text analysis. Students will become familiar with different text types such as argumentative and descriptive texts, as well as texts from different genres including academic discourse. Students will also develop a skill essential to a linguist to identify the purpose and functions of texts. Students will develop a critical attitude towards different text types by applying various methods to analyse texts. Students are expected to attend timetabled sessions as well as to carry out self-study and group tasks to acquire knowledge of contemporary approaches to text analysis and how they can be best used for different types of texts. At the end of the module, students will be able to identify the characteristics of texts from different genres, discuss these features in theoretical terms and produce a text in an appropriate style.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify textual features in texts from various domains
2. Identify purpose and functions of texts from various domains.
3. Explain and apply theoretical concepts to analyse real-world texts.
4. Apply, at a basic level, various methods to analyse texts from a range of different domains to produce a genre-appropriate text.
5. Demonstrate continuous engagement with topic matters.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture20No Description
Group work30No Description
Directed learning50No Description
Assignment Completion25No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

What is Textual Studies, What is Discourse Analysis?
You will be able to explain the meaning of ‘discourse’ and different approaches to ‘discourse’

Texts and Texture - Cohesion
You will be able to identify and create examples of cohesive devices including reference, substitutions, ellipsis, conjunction and lexical cohesion in a text.

Texts and Texture - Coherence
You will be able to identify coherence relations within a text.

Texts and Texture - Intertextuality and cultural reference
You will be able to analyse the role of intertextuality in a given text

Function and Purpose of Text
You will be able to identify different types of texts and their purposes. You will also learn to examine how the purpose of texts are reflected in the structure of the text,

Texts and their social functions: Genre and Register
You will be able to understand the fundamental varieties of language

Texts and their social functions: Genre and Register
You will be able to identify variation in linguistic features of different discourse communities.

Spoken vs Written Discourse
You will be able to explain the features of spoken discourse. In particular, you will be able to discuss language variation in spoken discourse

Academic Discourse
You will be able to explain the features of academic discourse and how academic discourse differs from other discourse in terms of structure, lexicon and the purpose.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group project n/a40%n/a
Group presentationn/a50%n/a
Loop Quizn/a10%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Salkie, Raphael: 1995, Text and Discourse Analysis, Taylor & Francis Group,
  • Biber, D., & Conrad, S: 2009, Register, Genre, and Style, Cambridge University Press,
  • Martínez, Dolores Fernández: 2011, Introducing Discourse Analysis in Class, Cambridge Scholars Publisher,
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Date of Last Revision28-SEP-11

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