Discourse and Meaning
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
Taught In English
LING 211 or 221
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
This course considers a range of approaches to the creation and interpretation of meaning through discourse in social interaction. The influence of gender and setting on discourse is considered in a range of social contexts, including the workplace. Not offered in even-numbered years. Co-taught with LING 421.
Students who pass this course should be able to:
1. identify some of the taken-for-granted assumptions and patterns of communication in English;
2. analyse why people make particular language choices and what they mean by them;
3. discuss how social context is important in language use;
4. explain some of the social and cultural factors involved in the way people express and interpret
their ideas in language.
Assignment 1: Transcription and analysis- 10%
Assignment 2: Applying a discourse analytic approach- 25%
Assignment 3: Research proposal- 15%
Final Exam- 50%
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