Language & Rhetorics
DozentIn: Kim-Kristin Droste, M.Ed.
Ort: 15/133: Mo. 10:00 - 12:00 (10x), 22/E25: Mo. 10:00 - 12:00 (1x)
Zeiten: Mo. 10:00 - 12:00 (wöchentlich), Ort: 15/133, 22/E25
Beschreibung: In George Orwell’s 1949 dystopia Nineteen Eighty-Four, Newspeak as the official language of the regime is designed “to make all other modes of thought impossible” (2008: 312) by eliminating words harmful to the ideology and inventing words supporting it. All other modes of thought made impossible? Surely, this is only dystopian fiction – or is it?
Humans are political animals and “the doing of politics is predominantly constituted in language” (Chilton 2004: 6). In this course, we will examine the ways in which language, persuasion, and ideology interact. Can language govern our thoughts? Is wording and phrasing in political discourse ‘just semantics’ or perhaps much more? We will learn if and how concepts from (critical) cognitive linguistics such as framing, conceptual metaphor, and collocation can help us understand the manifold ways in which meaning is constructed in political discourse without us even noticing.
Your 4-credit Prüfungsleistung will include a term paper to be submitted at the end of the semester.
Please note: This seminar is designed for 4LP students only.
Students who need to complete 2 CP for the V2 Module (1./2. Komponente)/ANG-V-SW (1.Komponente) may register for the „History of English [2CP lecture]“ (Dr. Pentrel) or for the „Grammar of English" lecture (Prof. Bergs). Only under specific circumstances, such as a particular interest in the topic, a provable scheduling conflict or if you already took any of these lectures before, you may approach me about completing this class for 2 CP.