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SEL3437 : Pragmatic Theory (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Gabriel Martinez Vera
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module examines the study of meaning at the level of pragmatics: how sentence and utterance meaning are constructed and negotiated by writers/ speakers and readers/ listeners in interaction. It explores the role of writer/ speaker intentions and discourse context in utterance production and interpretation. Students will examine key debates in contemporary pragmatic theory, and develop advanced skills in selecting and applying relevant pragmatic theories to the analysis of different types of vernacular language data.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover some of the following:
1. Different theories of pragmatics
2. Research methods in pragmatics (experimental, corpus)
3. Relationship between what is said and what is meant
4. Role of context and speaker/ writer intentions
5. Construction and negotiation of utterance meaning

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work140:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study147:0047:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL2234Pragmatic Theory
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

LECTURES are used, primarily, to impart information and provide an overall coherence for the module. – SEMINARS are used to consolidate students’ understanding of the lecture and reading materials as well as for the planning and preparation of assignments. GUIDED INDEPENDENT STUDY is used for the preparation of seminar exercises as well as for the preparation and completion of assignments.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M301,000-word written exercise
Essay1A702,500-word essay
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Report1M500-word report on an aspect of pragmatic theory
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The WRITTEN EXERCISE tests students’ problem-solving and analytical skills. – The ESSAY tests students’ presentation and argumentation skills.

The formative assessment provides students with an opportunity to practise and receive feedback on skills required for completion of the summative assignments.

Reading Lists