This course offers a wide-ranging introduction to, and analysis of, varieties of spoken and written language. From political oratory to examination answer scripts to computer codes, not to mention jokes, riddles and poetry, human language offers an amazingly rich set of structures for expressing... Read more
This course examines different aspects of meaning/semantics in language. Some specific questions addressed here are: a) what is meaning?, b) how do we use words to convey meanings?, and c) how does our grammatical knowledge interact with the interpretive system? We try to answer these and other... Read more
Exploratory in nature, the course seeks to debate questions such as: What are the implications of conceiving the mind as a 'machine'? Can evolutionary theories about language and tool- using help us understand how we continually manage today to process the world around us 'online'? On this... Read more
The course will introduce students to selected topics in Linguistics as decided by the instructor.
It is primarily a survey course covering American fiction before World War I. Its aim is to acquaint students with some of the major novelists of the period. Selected texts of some of the following will be studied Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Drieser, Edith Wherton, Willa Cather, Henry James, Ellen... Read more
This is a survey course covering American fiction of the post- World War-I period. Some of the major novelists of the period will be studied, including Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, John Barth, John Updike.
Language in prose and poetry; stylistics; deviance; prominence, foregrounding; literary relevance; stylistic variants; language and the fictional world; the rhetoric of text; discourse situation; conversation, speech and thought.
To introduce students to fiction written after the modernist era. The course aims to acquaint students with representative contemporary fiction, offering a multi-cultural perspective by authors who come from different national, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. To look closely at themes which... Read more
It is a course more broad-based than the theory of fiction. The following topics will be studied: Narrative theory and types of narrative; point of view; plot; characterization; setting; time and place the language of narrative; figures of speech.