• 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, Social Research

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 spoken interaction, such as ordinary conversations or institutional talk.
  2. Transcribe examples of naturally-occurring everyday spoken interaction, using a standardised transcription method.
  3. Explain, and critically argue for, the structural ‘rules' of everyday interaction.
  4. Demonstrate your ability to critically analyse spoken interaction; and to write and present an argument using evidence from the literature and your data.
  5. Critique other discourse analytic methodologies.

Indicative Assessment

A transcription assignment 10% [LO 2]

 A terminology assignment 1000 words 15% [LO 3, 4]

45 minute seminar presentation 15% [LO 3, 4, 5] (Seminar will be recorded for verification purposes.)

Data Analysis of material students present in the seminar 1000 words 15% [LO 3, 4, 5]

A final project 2500 - 3000 words 45%  [LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5].

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Three hours of contact time, including 2 hour lectures and 1 hour seminar (usually held fortnightly) over a 13 week period. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study each week over the semester (total workload 130 hours).

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.  

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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
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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
4480 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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