The primary site of language use is conversation. In this module you will study the organisation of conversation at the finest level of detail, both theoretically and empirically. You will be introduced to conversation analysis (CA), a data-driven method for the study of conversation and talk-in-interaction. You will learn about, and learn how to analyse, the basic mechanics of conversation, which includes
The module combines lectures that cover the core theory and key findings of CA with hands-on practical sessions in which you will develop the skills necessary to do CA, including recording conversation, transcribing data, building collections of conversational phenomena, and writing up analyses.
In this module you will:
The module is the first in a trio of modules on social interaction, the others being two final year modules, Language as Action (E/L64H) and Multimodality: Language and the Body (E/L66H).
Students must have successfully completed at least ONE of:
It is recommended that students have also completed:
2.5 hours per week in Spring term and 1 hour per week in Summer term.
The module consists of a 1-hour lecture and a 90-minute practical session each week. The lectures introduce basic terms and concepts from conversation analysis (CA) and complement assigned readings primarily from Clift (2016). The practicals give students hands-on experience with data analysis and cover basic methods used in CA research, such as data collection and transcription. Formative exercises will be distributed before some of the practicals, where the correct answers will be discussed as a group. Summer term will focus on the skills necessary to write CA research reports, including a 2-hour in-class writing session in which students will work on their reports and have an opportunity to ask the instructor specific questions about their work.
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