Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE LIN2034

 
TITLE Conversation Analysis

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology

 
DESCRIPTION The study-unit is intended to broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of Interactional Linguistics by providing them with a thorough grounding in the process of conversational data collection, transcription and analysis.

Whether face-to-face or technology-mediated, conversation is fundamental to human communication. It is the principal means through which intersubjective meaning is achieved. In being both an activity in its own right and a tool for the accomplishment of other activities, talk enables interlocutors to display to each other their understanding of the conversation in progress and to make sense of any other action/s whose execution is projected or conducted through their spoken interaction. Consequently, conversational interaction fulfils two essential functions, namely the transactional and the interpersonal. Talk of a transactional nature is typically associated with the conduct of some form of business, such as the management of a service encounter and the provision and receipt of the relevant service. Interpersonal interaction, on the other hand, is purely social in nature and is directed at the establishment, development and maintenance of relationships.

Taking talk-in-interaction as its focus, the study-unit involves students in the objective exploration of conversation as a normative, user-designed and locally-managed sense-making activity.

Study-unit Aims:

- To broaden students’ understanding of Interactional Linguistics by providing them with a thorough grounding in the analysis of conversation.
- To introduce students to the origins, theory and practice of Ethnomethodological Conversation Analysis (EMCA).

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of Ethnomethodological Conversation Analysis (EMCA) by applying EMCA to the process of collecting, transcribing and analysing naturally occurring conversational data.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Ethically collect extended samples of naturally occurring conversational data and present them in electronic format;
- Use standard Jeffersonian notation to produce a transcription of extended recordings of naturally occurring conversational data;
- Produce a basic analysis of extended samples of naturally occurring conversational data using EMCA methodology.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Hutchby, I., & Wooffitt, R. (2008). Conversation analysis (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Polity Press.

Supplementary Readings:

- Arminen, I. (2005). Institutional interaction: Studies of talk at work. Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate.
- Drew, P., & Heritage, J. (1992). Analysing talk at work: An introduction. In P. Drew & J. Heritage (Eds.), Talk at work: Interaction in institutional settings (pp. 3-65). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Sacks, H., Schegloff, E. A., & Jefferson, G. (1974). A simplest systematics for the organization of turn-taking for conversation. Language, 50: 696-735.
- Schegloff, E. A. (2007). Sequence organisation in interaction: Vol 1. A primer in conversation analysis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Sidnell, J. (2010). Conversation analysis: An introduction. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
- ten Have, P. (2007). Doing conversation analysis: A practical guide (2nd ed.). London: Sage.
- Wooffitt, R. (2005). Conversation analysis and discourse analysis: A comparative and critical introduction. London: Sage.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Progress Test SEM1 Yes 10%
Progress Test SEM1 Yes 10%
Progress Test SEM1 Yes 10%
Project SEM1 Yes 70%

 
LECTURER/S Paul A. Falzon

 
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