Language is so fundamental to the rituals and events of everyday life that its role is taken for granted. Language and Social Interaction deals with how we use language to negotiate relationships, actions and events in our daily lives. Students will explore various approaches to the analysis of language in interaction, such as conversation analysis, discourse analysis and critical discourse analysis, and they will encounter research into language in interaction in diverse contexts for a range of purposes. Students will develop skills for analysing naturally-occurring language samples, and they will have the opportunity to develop their own research project using a method encountered in the course. This research training experience will include the collection and analysis of data.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Collect and transcribe naturally-occurring spoken interaction
- Summarise and critically review research into language and social interaction
- Understand and critique discourse analytic theories and methods
- Carry out a research project using methods covered in the course
Indicative AssessmentTranscription exercise (1000 words) 20% [LO 1]
Critical review of research articles (1000 words) 30% [LO 2, 3]
Research project (2500 words) 50% [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials, and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Liddicoat, A. (2007) An Introduction to Conversation Analysis. Continuum.
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