LING30004 Discourse & Pragmatics

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 24-Jul-2017 to 22-Oct-2017
Assessment Period End 17-Nov-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Aug-2017
Census Date 31-Aug-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 22-Sep-2017

It is recommended that students have some prior study in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics or related disciplines prior to enrolling into this subject.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 34 hours: 2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week. There will be no tutorials in the first and last weeks of semester.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Prof Lesley Stirling



Subject Overview:

This subject involves the study of language from pragmatic and discourse analytic perspectives. It will include topics such as: the collection and transcription of spoken language data, non-verbal communication, speech act theory, conversational implicature, conversation analysis and other approaches to discourse analysis such as ethnographical approaches, critical discourse analysis, and discourse and grammar. In addition, specific topics in discourse analysis and pragmatics will be covered such as narrative, identity positioning and stance, and discourse and technology. Students will learn how to design a small research project in discourse analysis and will have many opportunities to study samples of real-life language use from different perspectives.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • have an understanding of the main linguistic approaches to the study of Discourse and Pragmatics;
  • be able to confidently deploy discipline specific research and analysis in Discourse and Pragmatics using primary and secondary sources and empirical data collected by students with a strong sense of research ethics and intellectual integrity;
  • be able to draw on and critically evaluate theoretical approaches to the fields;
  • be able to position themselves within theoretical perspectives in Discourse Analysis and Pragmatic theory;
  • be able to proficiently employ learning and research technologies as well as field-specific technologies in transcription;
  • have attained advanced abilities in written and verbal argumentation in Discourse and Pragmatics;
  • have consolidated their understanding of social and cultural diversity in the university and wider community.
  • Data collection and transcription (equivalent to 500 words) due throughout the semester [15%]
  • Assignment in two parts (500 words each, total of 1000 words) due during the semester [25%]
  • Final project (2500 words) due at the end of the semester [60%]

Hurdle Requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

Working with spoken discourse (D Cameron) SAGE publications, 2001

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • have developed research skills through collecting data and applying an analytic perspective;
  • be able to integrate theory and data in a written account.
Links to further information: http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/soll
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: English Language Studies
Graduate Certificate in Arts - Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Related Breadth Track(s): Linguistics: English Language Studies
Linguistics: Language Structure and Analysis

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