LG484-6-AU-CO:
Conversation and Social Interaction

The details
2020/21
Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
15
10 June 2020

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
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Key module for

BA QP10 English Language with Media Communication,
BA QP11 English Language with Media Communication (Including Year Abroad),
BA QP12 English Language with Media Communication (Including Placement Year)

Module description

Starting with a consideration of a wide range of interactional conduct, we explore how it is nevertheless possible, in the face of such variety, to make systematic interpretations based on our knowledge of conversational structure and standard assumptions of moral accountability in social life. The normative structures of the mainstream conversation analytic tradition will be examined. By looking ordinary conversation in a range of contexts, we shall investigate how actions are performed, identities constructed and context achieved through talk. We shall then consider how conduct which transcends the verbal (such as gaze and gesture) contributes to our presentation of ourselves in interaction with others; and finally we explore the relationship between grammar and interaction. The syllabus will cover:
* accountability in conversation
* the conversational sequence
* generic structures of conversation
* grammar and interaction
* constructing identity
* formulations in conversation
* the audience as co-author
* gaze and gesture in interaction

Module aims

• To introduce students to the theories, concerns and methods of the mainstream conversation analytic tradition in its approach to spoken interaction
• To support students in knowing how to bring to bear a range of conceptual and analytical tools on the data of naturally-occurring talk
• To teach students how to transcribe naturally occurring interaction to the appropriate level of analytical detail
• To show how gaze and body movement interact with the production of language
• To enable students to undertake their own investigations of an aspect of conversational organization, using appropriate methods for the collection, transcription and analysis of data

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, you will:
• Be familiar with the theories, concerns and methods of the mainstream conversation analytic tradition in its approach to spoken interaction
• Be able to bring to bear a range of conceptual and analytical tools on the data of naturally-occurring talk
• Be able to transcribe naturally occurring interaction to the appropriate level of analytical detail
• Be familiar with the means by which participants construct identities through talk
• Be familiar with the means by which gaze and body movement interact with the production of language
• Be able to undertake your own investigation of an aspect of conversational organisation, using appropriate methods for the collection, transcription and analysis of data

Module information

The syllabus will cover:
* accountability in conversation
* the conversational sequence
* generic structures of conversation
* grammar and interaction
* constructing identity
* formulations in conversation
* the audience as co-author
* gaze and gesture in interaction

Learning and teaching methods

Two-hour lecture/seminar per week, with audio and video data to analyse

Bibliography*

  • Clift, Rebecca. (2005-11) 'Discovering order', in Lingua. vol. 115 (11) , pp.1641-1665
  • Clift, Rebecca. (2014-10-02) 'Visible Deflation: Embodiment and Emotion in Interaction', in Research on Language and Social Interaction. vol. 47 (4) , pp.380-403
  • Schegloff, Emanuel A. (2007) Sequence organization in interaction: a primer in conversation analysis I, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Clift, Rebecca. (2016) Conversation analysis, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. vol. Cambridge textbooks in linguistics
  • Schegloff, E.A. (1972) 'Notes on a conversational practice: formulating place', in Language and social context: selected readings, Harmondsworth: Penguin. vol. Penguin education
  • John Heritage and Geoffrey Raymond. (2005) 'The Terms of Agreement: Indexing Epistemic Authority and Subordination in Talk-in-Interaction', in Social Psychology Quarterly: American Sociological Association. vol. 68 (1) , pp.15-38
  • Clift, R.; Drew, P.; Hutchby, I. (c2009) 'Conversation Analysis', in The pragmatics of interaction, Philadelphia: John Benjamins Pub. Company. vol. Handbook of pragmatics highlights, 1877-654X, pp.40-54
  • Heritage, John. (1984) Garfinkel and ethnomethodology, Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Goodwin, C. (2007-01-01) 'Participation, stance and affect in the organization of activities', in Discourse & Society. vol. 18 (1) , pp.53-73
  • Sidnell, Jack. (2010) Conversation analysis: an introduction, Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. vol. Language in society
  • Schegloff, E. A. (1997-04-01) 'Whose Text? Whose Context?', in Discourse & Society. vol. 8 (2) , pp.165-187

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Essay     

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Rebecca Clift, email: rclift@essex.ac.uk.
Dr. Rebecca Clift
Dr. R. Clift, Office: 4.317, Tel: 01206 872204, email: rclift@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
No

External examiner

Dr Lynne Julie Cahill
University of Sussex
Lecturer
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 18 (90%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Linguistics

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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