Grammar and Rhetoric

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HUL 812
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Course Objective

Two complementary aspects of studies in linguistics and literary theory are brought together in this course; grammatical paradigms for the study of sentential and supra-sentential structures, including those of narrative and argument; theories of rhetoric; persuasion, use and meaning; rhetorical functions such as those performed by tropes like metaphor, irony, simile, metonymy, etc. debates on the universal psychological as well empirical standing of such figurative language; its place in the lexicon etc. The course will be useful to those students of literature who require some knowledge of technicalities of grammar and to those students of linguistics who feel that the analysis of language extends beyond the study of sentence 'structure' to social 'meaning'.


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