• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Johanna Rendle-Short
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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Language and Social Interaction is important for anyone who wants to understand how social interaction is organised. Students are given every opportunity to hear and analyse social interaction, such as ordinary everyday conversations, and to collect their own conversations for analysis. Students whose first language is not English will be able to collect and analyse social interaction data from their own language. There is a strong language and social interaction research culture at ANU. Students will be given every opportunity to learn from these more experienced researchers through seminars, data analysis sessions, and the fortnightly Discourse Analysis Group.

This course is compulsory for graduate students who wish to undertake further research (thesis or sub-thesis) in the area of language and social interaction, discourse analysis, conversation analysis or applied conversation analysis. It is also recommended for graduate students who wish to undertake further research in critical discourse analysis. Students should consult with the Convenor of Applied Linguistics or their potential supervisor as to whether or not they should take the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Collect examples of naturally-occurring everyday interaction.
  2. Transcribe examples of naturally-occurring everyday interaction, using conversation analysis transcription conventions.
  3. Explain, and argue for, the structural ‘rules' of everyday interaction, e.g. rules for ensuring that only one person talks at a time, rules for opening and closing conversations, rules for determining what is a ‘turn at talk' and rules for determining the structural organisation of these turns at talk.
  4. Work in a group to analyse how interaction is structured.
  5. Think about, write and present an argument using the methodology of conversation analysis.
  6. Critique other methods of analysing discourse (non-assessed).

Indicative Assessment

Assessment consists of:

  • A transcription assignment (10%) due Week 6 [Learning Outcome 1]
  • Two critical summaries (750 words each) (10%) due Weeks 4 and 7 [Learning Outcome 3, 5, 6]
  • Group assignment (1000 words) (35%) due Week 11, [Learning Outcomes 3, 4, 5]
  • Final project (3000 words) (45%) due in the exam period. [Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5]

Passing of the course is conditional on students passing all assessment items.

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3 weekly contact hours, plus 7 hours of regular work per week outside class.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING2106. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Sidnell, J. (2010) Conversation analysis: an introduction. Chichester, U.K.; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1542
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3618
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3618
2004 $3618
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4734 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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