UMass Sesquicentennial


390A Controlling the Discourse

Fall 2007

Meetings

MWF 10:10-11:00 - Dickinson 112

Instructors

Christopher Potts []

Description

We'll look to current linguistic theory to answer questions about how speakers use language to structure and control discourses. Students will pick up skills that are vital to understanding how to structure effective arguments. They will discover why information structure can be a matter of life or death (politically, socially, literally). Intuitional, corpus, and experimental data will be used to examine issues in pragmatics and discourse processing.