The course aims to present the fundamental criteria and rules of the cognitive linguistics applied in the analysis of the journalistic discourse.
The purpose of the teaching/learning activities is the critical study of the the linguistic research trends focused on the mass media communication and, in particular, on the lexicon and the rhetorical figures present in the magazines and in the newspapers. In the same time, the relationships between grammar and semantic values are illustrated at the light of the holistic model of conceptualization and construction.
The course is divided in three sections:
1. Descriptions of the bibliographical references;
2. The cognitive linguistics: frames, prototypes and profilings.
3. Corpora analysis and ontologies linked to journalistic texts for special purposes present or not in internet.
Workshops, experiments and surveys complete the lessons face to face for improving a theorical and applied training.
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The aim of the course is to provide the knowledge and the skills adequate to analyze, to compare, and to value the different kinds of texts and the diverse levels of messages structured in the pages of the newspapers.
The fil rouge of their 30.000 words printed every day and read by millions of people can be understood only considering a series of constructional facets of the discourse, its inferential valence and conceptual interfaces.
The rhetorical figures, as well as the various kinds of sentences, the lexical configurations and the idiomatic expressions are described in the light of the Critical Discourse Analysis and in that of the Cognitive Linguistics.

Core Documentation

Catricalà Linguistica e Giornalismo
Moirand I discorsi giornalistici
Radden G. - Dirven R. Cognitive English Grammar
Catricalà Giornalismo di moda

Type of delivery of the course

Lessons face to face in classroom and power point presentation, handouts, etc, are on line.


The course frequency is recommended for the pratical and applicative training

Type of evaluation

If the students do not attend the lessons in the classroom, they can not disccus yhe individual project -