Language, Narrative and Values

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LHF025M10
Vaknaam Language, Narrative and Values
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II

Uitgebreide vaknaam Language, Narrative and Values
Leerdoelen Upon successful completion of the course unit, students are able to:

1. Assess the usefulness of narrative methods for data gathering and analysis for research in the field of multilingualism (TER 1.5)
2. Predict the kind of border experiences that the social issues that ethnolinguistic minorities face (in, for instance, politics, education and healthcare) may lead to and to use narrative research methods to verify this and to analyse those border experiences (TER 2.2)
3. Write a research report on a small narrative empirical research project (TER 4.1)
4. Assess the possibilities of narrative research methods as part of a larger, interdisciplinary research project in the field of linguistics (TER 5.2)
Omschrijving One of the distinguishing qualities of human beings is their capacity for storytelling. We are, in many ways, homo narrare: storyteller man. It is often through narrative that we make sense of and communicate our experiences.
In this course, we will look at this endemic human capacity for narrative communication from an interdisciplinary perspective, positing ourselves at the crossroads of linguistics, (critical) discourse analysis, and narratology (i.e. the study of narrative).
During the first block, we will look at what we mean with ‘narrative’, mostly drawing on classical formalist and structuralist narratology. We will also see how stories are both informed and shaped by, as well as transmitters of values, both because of their narrativity and as linguistic forms of communication. For this, we will draw on semiotics and (critical) discourse analysis.
The second block will be devoted to narrative research methods that may help students to critically assess, think of and design qualitative empirical research. We will look at how a focus on narrative can help to both gather and analyse empirical data. In their own research projects, students will explore how people experience being a member of an ethnolinguistic minority, using narrative methods to map ‘border experiences’ when negotiating their own position vis à vis the majority language and culture of the society of which they are a part.
Uren per week variabel
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. S.J. Moenandar, PhD.
Docent(en) J.R. Heederik ,dr. S.J. Moenandar, PhD.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Ma Taalwetenschappen  (Ma Multilingualism) 1 semester II keuze