• 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, Social Research
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Diana Slade
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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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.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. collect and transcribe naturally-occurring spoken interaction;
  2. develop analytical techniques for describing the structure and function of authentic spoken interactions;
  3. apply the concepts of discourse analysis to the critical analysis of spoken discourses and to then reflect and generalise from the findings; and
  4. carry out a research project using methods covered in the course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. In class quiz (30) [LO 2,3]
  2. Research project data presentation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research project report (3000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Participation in lectorials and padlets (10) [LO 2,3]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of seminars and 12 hours of tutorials; b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING2106.

Prescribed Texts

·      Suzanne Eggins and Diana Slade, 1997/2004 Analysing Casual Conversation, Equinox, UK

·      Jones, Rodney H., 2012. Discourse Analysis: A resource book for students. Abingdon: Routledge.

·      Thornbury S. & Slade D. (2006) Conversation from Description to Pedagogy, Cambridge University Press, UK


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
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
3676 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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