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Seminars & Events  / November 6, 2017

School of Business & Management Research Seminar Series “An introduction to discourse analysis”

School of Business & Management Research Seminar Series

An introduction to discourse analysis”

By Dr. Constantina Fotiou, Independent scholar of sociolinguistics


Workshop Description:

This workshop is an introduction to the practice of discourse analysis. Discourse analysis is a generic term covering a range of different types of analysis focusing on spoken and written language. The workshop examines spoken language and has two broad aims. The first aim is to address the following general questions: What is discourse and what is discourse analysis? Why do we conduct discourse analysis? We look at discourse analysis as an end in itself and as a means to an end (Cameron, 2001). How can we collect ‘naturally-occurring’ talk? How can we respect the participants we record? (Note on ethical considerations).

The second aim of this workshop is to explore the application of discourse analysis in the study of code-switching. The students will be introduced to one type of discourse analysis, namely Conversation Analysis as developed by Peter Auer for bilingual data, and will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge by analysing extracts of bilingual conversations themselves. Data and material will be supplied on the day.

Date: Thursday, 16th of November

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Venue: CY013



Dr Constantina Fotiou is an independent sociolinguistics researcher and a teacher of English as a foreign language. She graduated from the University of Cyprus in 2007 (BA in English Language and Literature) and then completed an MA (2008) and a PhD (2015) in Sociolinguistics at the University of Essex under the supervisor of Professor Peter L. Patrick. She also holds the CELTA (Certificate in English to Speakers of Other Languages). She taught sociolinguistics at the University of Essex and academic English and study skills at Royal Holloway, University of London and presented her work at numerous conferences in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Greece and Cyprus. Her research interests mainly lie in the area of sociolinguistics ranging from bilingualism, written and oral code-switching, and English as a global language to language ideologies and attitudes. Dr Fotiou is a member of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain, the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, the Societas Linguistica Europaea and the Cyprus Linguistics Society.

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