• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Johanna Rendle-Short
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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How is conversation organised? How do we know when it is our turn to talk? How is talk managed so that only one person speaks at a time? Do you know the rules for starting a conversation? Are there any rules for closing a conversation? This course will seek to answer these questions by examining everyday talk and conversations. It will investigate how people organize their talk so that only one person talks at a time. It will look at the structure of interaction and examine how speakers move from one topic to another. This course is relevant for anyone interested in language and social interaction and in understanding how we use language within society.

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.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment consists of a transcription assignment (10%) due Week 6,  [Learning Outcomes 2]

A terminology test (1000 words) (10%) due Week 8, [Learning Outcomes 3, 5]

A group project (1000 words) (35%) due Week 11, [Learning Outcomes 3, 4, 5]

A final project (2,500 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 LING3011 or LING6311. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Liddicoat, A. (2007) An Introduction to Conversation Analysis. Continuum.




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

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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 $1164
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 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
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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
4730 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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