Spoken Language Analysis II: Grammar and Discourse

Spring term 2018
Monday 15:00-16:30, room 323
30 contact hours
Lecturer: Nicole Nau

Slides and handouts from the lectures and homework can be found in “texts and tasks”.

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Go to texts and tasks (password protected, ask the teacher)

Course description
The second part of the module Spoken Language Analysis 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

26.02. Introduction: Why study spoken language structures? Spoken vs. written language
05.03. no lecture; Reading: Miller & Weinert 1998, Chapter 1 and 2
12.03. Units of spoken language and how to describe them
19.03. Registers: framework (Biber & Conrad, Ch. 2)
26.03. Interpersonal spoken registers (Biber & Conrad, Ch. 4)
Eastr holydays
09.04.-07.05. (4 lectures): Discourse and Conversation Analysis
14.05. Information structure and information packaging
21.05.-04.06. (3 lectures): Oral Narratives
11.06. Revision and conclusions
18.06. Final assessment