I have not told you about the course I am attending on my research Wednesdays. It is at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, and is called Text and Communication (NOR2140 Tekst og kommunikasjon 1). It is a joint course for bachelor and master students and the level of discussion is quite high.
There were three reasons for taking this course. Firstly, I wanted to do something on society and linguistics or textual analysis; secondly, it was scheduled for Wednesdays… and thirdly, one of the lecturers is Professor Johan L Tønnesson who has worked on textual analysis of historiographical texts.
Now that the course has started, I am pleased to get a linguistic perspective on discourse analysis as I already have worked on discursive analysis in philosophy and historiography. The link between texts and communication seems interesting from any interpretative discipline’s point of view.
Last week, we discussed the concept ‘communication’ (very interesting three hours) and this week we did some Wittgenstein and Searle. I have worked on Wittgenstein earlier, but I cannot remember having read anything by Searle. We are reading Searle’s «A taxonomy of illocutionary acts» from Expression and meaning (1979). I have not finished it yet, but I enjoy the discussion he is making. I started a course last year (before I started work) in the philosophy department were we read Austin's How to do things with words. This is the "sequel". It is nice to know the background as it helps my reading.