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The Analysis of Discourse: Texts, Narrative and Society (6 points)


Leader: Keith Allan

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2003 (Flexible)

Synopsis: This unit will examine a number of theoretical and methodological approaches to the analysis of discourse and texts in a range of sites and social contexts. We examine the way narrative texts are constructed; the resources that speakers manipulate in conversation and in 'electronic' discourse; the ways that institutions such as the media, education and the judiciary appropriate features of discourse structures in their discourses; and how information is transformed in written texts.

Assessment: Two text projects (1500 words each): 70% + Examination (1 hour): 20% + Tutorial or on-line discussion group participation: 10%

Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar per week

Prerequisites: A first-year sequence in Linguistics and Communication

Prohibitions: LIN3570

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