Seminar: Misinformation and Fake News: a pragmatic analysis

  • Enseignement

    Détails

    Faculté Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines
    Domaine Anglais
    Code UE-L06.01205
    Langues Anglais
    Type d'enseignement Séminaire
    Cursus Master
    Semestre(s) SP-2022

    Horaires et salles

    Horaire résumé Jeudi 13:15 - 15:00, Hebdomadaire

    Enseignement

    Responsables
    Enseignants
    Description

    In this seminar, we will investigate how the current debate on misinformation and fake news touches on key aspects of human communication. Using linguistics, and pragmatics in particular, we will look at how we can provide a systematic and theoretically grounded account of a) why misinformation and fake news have a tendency to occur; b) how they are constructed and what are their distinctive features in English; c) how they spread through social networks; d) what means – if any – we have at our disposal to counter their effects.

     

    In doing so, we will be touching on issues regarding the criteria that determine the truth of a given piece of information. We will also evaluate which aspects of human cognition tend to facilitate the occurrence of misinformation, trying to understand how certain mechanisms in the construction of meaning will be vulnerable to misinformation. Another interesting dimension in our discussion will explore the processes which allow us to evaluate the quality of the information communicated to us.

    Finally, we will study how ill-intentioned communicators can actively exploit the mechanisms behind misinformation to intentionally deceive people – a phenomenon known as disinformation.   

    Throughout the course, students will become acquainted with experimental investigations of meaning comprehension, acquiring the necessary skills to use experimental data in order to assess a theoretical hypothesis.

     

    Objectifs de formation

    -        methodological and practical approach to carrying empirical research with linguistic data in English

    -        theoretical and methodological tools used to investigate the relation between cognition and communication

    -        understanding of fundamental processes governing the interpretation of meaning

    -        knowledge of the current relevant issues in the field

    -        critical evaluation of scientific papers

    Softskills
    Non
    Hors domaine
    Non
    BeNeFri
    Non
    Mobilité
    Non
    UniPop
    Non

    Documents

    Bibliographie

    A bibliography and a list of assigned readings will be made available in the first week of the semester. Introductory textbooks to pragmatics would give students a head start on these questions: Birner, Introduction to Pragmatics, Wiley, 2012; Clark, Relevance Theory, CUP, 2013.

  • Dates et salles
    Date Heure Type d'enseignement Lieu
    24.02.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, salle 2122
    03.03.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, salle 2122
    10.03.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, salle 2122
    17.03.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, salle 2122
    24.03.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, salle 2122
    31.03.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, salle 2122
    07.04.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, salle 2122
    14.04.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, salle 2122
    28.04.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, salle 2122
    05.05.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, salle 2122
    12.05.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, salle 2122
    19.05.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, salle 2122
    02.06.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, salle 2122
  • Modalités d'évaluation

    Séminaire - SP-2022, Session d'été 2022

    Mode d'évaluation Par note, Par réussi/échec

    Séminaire - SP-2022, Session d'automne 2022

    Mode d'évaluation Par note, Par réussi/échec

    Séminaire - SA-2022, Session d'hiver 2023

    Mode d'évaluation Par note, Par réussi/échec

    Séminaire - SP-2023, Session d'été 2023

    Mode d'évaluation Par note, Par réussi/échec
  • Affiliation
    Valable pour les plans d'études suivants:
    Langue et littérature anglaises 30 [MA]
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    Module 1minor: English Linguistics

    Langue et littérature anglaises 90 [MA]
    Version: SA17_MA_PA_ang_V01
    Modules 5 branches > Module 1: English Linguistics