In this module students will learn how the grammar and phonetics of English both shape and are shaped by their use in everyday conversation (talk-in-interaction). Students will learn the basics of conversation analysis (CA), a method of qualitative data analysis, and use this methodology to investigate how the phonetics and grammar of English as used in conversation (as opposed to intuited or elicited experimentally) can inform our understanding of the shape and use of linguistic structures.
The module emphasises understanding and application of CA methodology, descriptive precision, and presentation skills.
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One-hour lecture every week, with supporting 2-hour practical sessions in some weeks. In Week 10 of the Spring term, each student will meet individually with the lecturer to outline his/her research topic (1-1 presentations).
The module will cover the basics of conversation analysis with a special attention to the ways in which linguistic structures interact with sequential structure. Work in this module will be heavily empirical/data-driven, and students will learn how to work with data (both in practical terms and intellectually) and how to present the findings of their analyses to a linguistics audience.
Data, exercises, and essential readings will be made available on the VLE.
Students will receive immediate feedback from the module convenor and peers as they present and discuss their analyses during practical sessions. In-class exercises may be handed in for additional written feedback. Written feedback on the 1-1 presentations will be provided to the students within 48 hours to facilitate work on the data analysis project.
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