The School of Languages and Cultures is delighted to welcome Professor Jef Verschueren (Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley) to The University of Queensland in March 2018. During his visit, Professor Verschueren will be delivering a Masterclass Series titled 'Discourse Analysis and Ideology'. The Masterclass series is a free event open to The University of Queensland staff and HDR students.

About:
The purpose of this masterclass series is to explore the ways in which language contributes to the shaping of socially and politically important views and debates. The focus is on language use in the public sphere, which requires special attention to the relationship between language and ideology.

Session 1: Friday 16 March, 10:00am – 12:00pm 
In Session 1, a thorough theoretical introduction will be given to (i) situating the notions ideology and the public sphere, (ii) explaining the relevance of language in this context, and (iii) exploring the possibilities for analysis offered by a theory of linguistic pragmatics. The usefulness of taking a contrastive pragmatics perspective will be focused on.

Data Session: Tuesday 20 March, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
This data session provides staff and HDR students with an opportunity to have their own datasets analysed from a pragmatic perspective. If you are interested, please send through a sample of your data to Val (v.sinkeviciute@uq.edu.au) at least one day before the session. Alternatively, you can bring your data directly to the session, however please ensure that you bring along 20 copies to share with other session participants.

Session 2: Thursday 22 March, 1:00pm – 3:00pm 
Session 2 will present an outline of pragmatics-inspired methodological principles for discourse-based ideology research. These will be thoroughly illustrated with reference to a televised news interview. The session will be concluded with a discussion of the relevance of the approach to other types of discourse in the public sphere.

Venue: 
Session 1 and the Data Session will take place in room 601 (boardroom), in the Advanced Engineering Building (#49). 

Session 2 will take place in room 502 (seminar room), in the Advanced Engineering Building (#49).

Note:
Useful background reading is Jef Verschueren, 2012, Ideology in Language Use: Pragmatic Guidelines for Empirical Research (Cambridge University Press), however familiarity with this work is not a prerequisite. Some familiarity with basic notions in linguistic pragmatics (broadly conceived) is useful.

RSVP:
If you are interested in attending the Masterclass Series (1, 2 or all 3 sessions), please register your attendance using the 'register now' button below. Please note: capacity for the sessions is restricted to 25 pax per session so we recommend that you register early to secure your spot.  

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About Distinguished Visitor Program - Professor Jef Verschueren

The School of Languages and Cultures is delighted to welcome Professor Jef Verschueren (Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley) to The University of Queensland in March 2018. 

Jef Verschueren received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley. After a long career as a researcher for the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research, and as Professor of Linguistics at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 2001 to 2009, he is now Professor Emeritus. He is the founder and Secretary General of the International Pragmatics Association. 

Venue

Advanced Engineering Building (#49), The University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD.
Room: 
601 (Session 1 and Data Session), Room: 502 (Session 2)