Discourse and Meaning

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Discourse and Meaning

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    LING 211 or 221

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    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.

    Learning Objectives
    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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