Text Linguistics

lrom2151  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Text Linguistics
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
22.5 h
Main themes
Main concepts : text ; medial (graphic and phonic code) and conceptual (language of distance and proximity) dimensions, microsyntax and macrosyntax, phrase, material dimension (intonation, punctuation etc.), discursive markers, pragmatic markers, connectors, cohesion, informational progression, coherence etc.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


By the end of this activity, students will be able to
- define what a text is and the contribution made by the linguistics of the text to its interpretation ;
- clarify the distinction between written and spoken language and explain the impact of the method of production on the formal aspects of a text ;
- identify within a text the relevant elements for its structure and interpretation;
- analyse a short text or an extract by highlighting the cohesion and coherence devices ;
- read, understand and compare different academic articles on the same issue (transversal competence)


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The focus of this course will be on textual organization of spoken and written texts from the level of micro- and macrosyntax. Special attention will be paid to formal indicators of text segmentation (intonation, punctuation, discourse markers), and to differences in register (spoken vs. written) or in text-type (narratives, academic, drama, face-to-face conversation, etc.).
Methods. The course consists of lectures and exercises.
Teaching methods
Encadrement : Lectures
This course mainly checks the knowledge of theoretical concepts covered in the course (definitions, concepts, critical synthesis), as well as the ability to apply them in the production of written and oral language.
Evaluation methods
Oral exam based on (i) extended personal work by the student and (ii) the course content.
Other information
Support : Course plan, copies of PowerPoint presentations shown in class and corpus extracts analysed in class. The photocopied notes which are handed out to students are intended only to highlight the main information points given in greater detail during the class.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [120] in Translation

Master [60] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [60] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Linguistics

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General