English language. Analysis of figurative language

Course Code: RE226 • Study year: II • Academic Year: 2024-2025
Domain: Language and literature • Field of study: Romanian Language and Literature - English Language and Literature
Type of course: Compulsory
Language of instruction: English
Erasmus Language of instruction: English
Name of lecturer: Teodora Iordăchescu
Seminar tutor: Teodora Iordăchescu
Form of education Full-time
Form of instruction: Lecture
Number of teaching hours per semester: 28
Number of teaching hours per week: 2
Semester: Summer
Form of receiving a credit for a course: Grade
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3

Course aims:

O1 For students to understand figurative language in English and the psychological processes that underlie its formation
O2 For students to understand the differences between metaphor, metonymy, simile, idiom
O3. For students to understand the different use of figurative language according to different language registers

Course Entry Requirements:


Course contents:

1. Figurative thinking 1.1 Psychological Processes Underlying Figurative Thinking 1.2 Developing Learner Autonomy in Figurative Thinking 2. Figurative Thinking and Sociolinguistic Competence 2.1 Encoding of culture in language 2.2 Sources of cross-cultural variation 3. Figurative Thinking and Illocutionary Competence 3.1 The role of figurative thinking in performing manipulative functions 3.2 The role of figurative thinking in performing heuristic functions 4. Figurative Thinking and Textual Competence 4.1 The role of figurative language in topic transition in interactive spoken discourse 5. Figurative Thinking and Lexico-Grammatical Competence 5.1 Demonstratives 5.2 Prepositions and particles 5.3 Phrasal (and prepositional) verbs 5.4 Tense / aspect 5.5 Modality 6. Strategic Competence 6.1 Compensation strategies 6.2 The role of figurative thinking in word coinage strategies 6.3 The role of figurative thinking in circumlocution strategies 7. Idioms (part 1) 7.1 Compositionality and analysability 7.2 Salience 7.3 Semantic transparency 8. Idioms (part 2) 8.1 Truth conditions 8.2 Dimensions of idiomaticity 9. Collocations 9.1 Defining collocation 9.2 Collocation in the digital age 9.3 Idioms as complex collocations 10. Grammatical and lexical abstractions 10.1 Colligations 10.2 Semantic preference 11. Semantic prosody 11.1 Semantic association 11.2 Discourse and pragmatic functions 12. Metaphors (part 1) 12.1 Source and target domains 12.2 Metaphor in Literature 13. Metaphors (part 2) 13.1 Cognitive Models, Metaphors, and Embodiment 13.2 Metaphorical Entailments 14. Metonymy 14.1 Metonymy and Conceptual Integration 14.2 Metonymy vs Synecdoche

Teaching methods:

Lecture, Conversation, Cooperative learning, Debate, Team-based learning, Active learning systems, Active listening, Problem solving.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the course students will be able to understand linguistic theories and concepts, methods with a high degree of complexity, peculiar to the study of languages. By the end of the course students will be able to apply certain principles ,basic rules for understanding an oral or written text ,for communicating in an appropriate manner taking into account all the elements involved (linguistic, socio-linguistic, pragmatic, semantic, stylistic).

Learning outcomes verification and assessment criteria:

End-of-semester closed-end test Individual glossaries of metaphors/idioms/proverbs/metonymies Argumentative essay

Recommended reading:

Klaus-Uwe Panther and Günter Radden (Eds.)., Metonymy in language and thought, John Benjamins, Amsterdam & Philadelphia, 1999,
KÖVECSES, Z., Metaphor: A practical introduction, Oxford University Press, New York, 2002,
Wright, J., Idioms organizer. Organised by metaphor, topic and key word, Heinle, Boston, 2002,