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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Dr Louisa Willoughby


Previously coded ALM5370


Gain an introduction to a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the analysis of discourses and texts in a range of sites and social contexts. You will analyse a variety of written texts and conversation to uncover their cohesive factors as well as stylistic and varietal differences in discourse structure. The unit further explores conversational structure; narrative structure; indicators of semantic cohesion; the distribution of information in a text (givenness, focus, etc.); the place of knowledge and context in language and understanding, and the construction of texts in social contexts.


On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

  1. summarize key theoretical and methodological approaches and to discourse analysis, recognise and be able to describe the characteristics of turn taking in dialogue and the structure of narratives;
  2. recognise linguistic clues and cues to the introduction of individuals, topics, and themes within texts, to their maintenance, and how some are made more salient;
  3. and apply at least one methodology to a selected context.


Written Work (9,000 words in total): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Louisa Willoughby