PhD course: Figurative language in public discourse: metaphor, irony and sarcasm


PhD Course title: Figurative language in public discourse: metaphor, irony and sarcasm

Course leader: Professor Andreas Musolff, University of East Anglia, UK

This PhD course focuses on the role of figurative language in political discourse, using both cognitive and discourse-analytical methodology. It consists of four main parts:

1. Introduction into Cognitive, Pragmatic and Discourse-historical methods to studying figurative language, specifically metaphor, irony and sarcasm

2. Empirical investigation of discourse data, using research corpora EUROMETA and BODYPOL

3. Reflection of methodological and theoretical implications of cross-cultural studies of figurative language

4. Cross-cultural understanding of metaphor, irony and sarcasm: participation in and experimental research on metaphor and irony/sarcasm interpretation

The language of the course will be English.
A preliminary programme, a reading list and location information can be found online.
With full participation in the course, a student will gain 2 ECTS.

For more information and to register:

Interdisciplinary Discourse Studies doctoral programme, Aalborg University
Lise Schmidt Nielsen