Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Title CONVERSATION AND OTHER KINDS OF TALK
Code ENGL208
Coordinator Dr MA Mahlberg
School of English
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2008-09 Level Two Second Semester 30

Aims

The main aims of this module are to develop students’ awareness of

·         how conversation is organised and how it is represented in linguistic theory;

·         how we perform a variety of actions in talk and how listeners interpret what they hear;

·         how meanings may be implied and how face is maintained;

·         how talk is exchanged and how smooth transitions occur between turns;

·         how talk is initiated and brought to a close;


Learning Outcomes

On completing this module, students will have:
· a deepened understanding of analytic approaches to verbal communication;
· an ability to demonstrate understanding of the structures of a wide range of verbal interactions, especially conversations;
· an ability to gather, present and reflect upon their own original data relevant to verbal interaction.


Syllabus

TBA 

Topics covered include:

·         Turn-taking

·         Openings and closings in conversation

·         Speech act theory

·         Pragmatics

·         The speech event

·         Genres of interaction

·         Exchange structure

·         Language in the classroom


Teaching and Learning Strategies

One one-hour lecture and one two-hour workshop per week. Lectures are used to survey general themes or approaches to linguistic analysis. Workshops are oriented towards analytical tasks or problem-solving, and involve small-group work feeding into plenary session.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 12

        24

36
Timetable (if known) 1 x hour of lectures per week. Times tbc
 
2 x hour of seminars per week. Times tbc
 
         
Private Study 264
TOTAL HOURS 300

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Exam  3 hours  Semester 2  67  As University policy     
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Essay  4000 words  Semester 2  33  As University policy  Standard University Policy applies - see Department/School handbook for details.   

Recommended Texts

It is recommended to buy the following:

Coulthard, M. 1983. (2nd edn). An Introduction to Discourse Analysis. London:  Longman.

Recommended reading:

 Aijmer, K. and A.-B. Stenstroem (eds). 2004. Discourse patterns in spoken and written Corpora.

Amsterdam: John Benjamins.                       

Burton, D. 1980. Dialogue and Discourse. London: Routledge.

Coates, J. 1998. Language and Gender. A Reader. Oxford: Blackwell.

Cook, G. 1989. Discourse. Oxford:  O.U.P.

Coulthard, M. (ed).1992. Advances in Spoken Discourse Analysis.  London: Routledge.

Duncan, S. & Fiske, D.1977. Face to Face Interaction. Hillsdale: Erlbaum.

Eggins, S & Slade, D. 1997. Analysing Casual Conversation. London: Cassell.

Lakoff, R. T. & Ide, S. 2005. Broadening the horizon of linguistic politeness, Amsterdam:

Benjamins.                                                                          

Leech, G. 1983. Principles of Pragmatics.  New York : Longman.                    

Levinson, S.1983. Pragmatics.  London: C.U.P.                             

McCarthy, M.1991. Discourse Analysis for Language Teachers. Cambridge:  C.U.P.  

Mey, J. 1993. Pragmatics:  An Introduction. Oxford:  Blackwell.                     

Nofsinger, R. 1991. Everyday Conversation. London:  Sage Publications.                      

< p class="msonormal"> Sinclair, J. McH  & Coulthard, M. 1975.  Towards an Analysis of Discourse.  Oxford:  O.U.P. 

Stenstroem, A.-B. 1984. Questions and responses in English conversation. Malmo: Gleerup.

Stenstroem, A.-B., G. Andersen, I. K. Hasund. 2002. Trends in teenage talk: corpus compilation,

analysis, and findings. Amsterdam: Benjamins.       

Tannen, D. 1994. Gender and Discourse. New York: OUP.

Thomas, J. 1995. Meaning in Interaction. Harlow: Longman.

 E-journals:  Journal of Pragmatics,

                   International Journal of Cor pus Linguistics

It is recommended to buy the following:

Coulthard, M. 1983. (2nd edn). An Introduction to Discourse Analysis. London:  Longman.

Recommended reading:

 Aijmer, K. and A.-B. Stenstroem (eds). 2004. Discourse patterns in spoken and written Corpora.

Amsterdam: John Benjamins.                       

Burton, D. 1980. Dialogue and Discourse. London: Routledge.

Coates, J. 1998. Language and Gender. A Reader. Oxford: Blackwell.

Cook, G. 1989. Discourse. Oxford:  O.U.P.

Coulthard, M. (ed).1992. Advances in Spoken Discourse Analysis.  London: Routledge.

Duncan, S. & Fiske, D.1977. Face to Face Interaction. Hillsdale: Erlbaum.

Eggins, S & Slade, D. 1997. Analysing Casual Conversation. London: Cassell.

Lakoff, R. T. & Ide, S. 2005. Broadening the horizon of linguistic politeness, Amsterdam:

Benjamins.                                                                          

Leech, G. 1983. Principles of Pragmatics.  New York : Longman.                    

Levinson, S.1983. Pragmatics.  London: C.U.P.                             

McCarthy, M.1991. Discourse Analysis for Language Teachers. Cambridge:  C.U.P.  

Mey, J. 1993. Pragmatics:  An Introduction. Oxford:  Blackwell.                     

Nofsinger, R. 1991. Everyday Conversation. London:  Sage Publications.                      

< p class="msonormal"> Sinclair, J. McH  & Coulthard, M. 1975.  Towards an Analysis of Discourse.  Oxford:  O.U.P. 

Stenstroem, A.-B. 1984. Questions and responses in English conversation. Malmo: Gleerup.

Stenstroem, A.-B., G. Andersen, I. K. Hasund. 2002. Trends in teenage talk: corpus compilation,

analysis, and findings. Amsterdam: Benjamins.       

Tannen, D. 1994. Gender and Discourse. New York: OUP.

Thomas, J. 1995. Meaning in Interaction. Harlow: Longman.

 E-journals:  Journal of Pragmatics,

                   International Journal of Cor pus Linguistics