Spoken Language Analysis II: Grammar and Discourse

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


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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