Course code: ENGM23
Swedish title: Engelska: Diskurssemantik - från ord till diskurser
Credits: 7.5

NB! The course is not given this semester. The information below was about autumn semester 2016.

Study period: autumn semester 2016
Type of studies: part time, 50 %, day
Study period: 2016-10-28 – 2017-01-13
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-34361
Eligibility: The student must have attained Bachelor's level in a language or in general linguistics. English 6/English Course B.

Teachers: Carita Paradis


The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with how English and other languages are used to make meaning in discourse, what this reveals about human thinking and social interaction. The course explores language in use at different levels, ranging from individual words to larger chunks of text in order to emphasize the importance of context for meaning-making and interpretation at all levels. The course incorporates both theoretical and practical modules. The theoretical components of the course include the relationship between words and conceptual structure, and construals of meanings in use. These theoretical notions are applied to the analysis of concrete instances of discourse, to show how language resources are dynamically and strategically used by speakers to achieve certain communicative goals and shape interpersonal roles and relations. Relevant methods and techniques are introduced and assessed in relation to what they reveal about the meaningful functioning of language. An assignment of the student’s own choice is carried out in order to consolidate their understanding of the key concepts and to make use of and assess the relevant techniques and methods. The language primarilly used, discussed, and analysed in examples, exercises, and assignments is English.


This course is not open as a freestanding course next semester. It can be open for application within a programme or for students in an exchange programme. Please ask your academic advisor for information.

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions

English Studies

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