Spoken Language Analysis II: Grammar and Discourse

Spring term 2019
Tuesday, 16:45-18:15, room A 214 Collegium Novum
30 contact hours
3 ECTS
Lecturer: Nicole Nau

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Course description
This class introduces students to the grammar of spoken discourse, the structure of conversations, and principles of oral narratives. The following topics will be covered in the lecture:

  • differences between oral and written language use and between spoken and written texts;
  • structural characteristics of spontaneous spoken language and how they can be described;
  • relations between prosody and syntax;
  • goals and methods of conversation analysis;
  • the linguistic analysis of oral narratives.

Assessment and grading
Final test = 40%, report on individual task = 50%, activity in class = 10%

Course plan

  1. Introduction: Why study spoken language structures? Spoken vs. written language
  2. Units of spoken language and how to describe them (2-3 lectures)
  3. Registers: framework for their analysis; focus on interpersonal spoken registers; other oral registers (2-3 lectures)
  4. Discourse and Conversation Analysis (3-4 lectures)
  5. Oral Narratives (3 lectures)
  6. Revision and conclusions
  7. Final assessment

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