LING-483 Discourse Analysis: Narrative
Fall for 2017-2018
Faculty:
Narrative has been studied by scholars who work in a range of disciplines, among them literary theory, psychology, folklore, sociology, and linguistics. This course serves as an introduction to the sociolinguistic study of narrative, in particular drawing on the theories and methods of qualitative discourse analysis. Concepts and frameworks from course readings and lectures will be applied to data that you collect -- spontaneous oral narratives told during conversations or informal interviews, as well as retold and written versions of the same oral stories. We will discuss and practice transcription, consider the role of culture in shaping narratives, and investigate prototypical and non-prototypical narrative forms. We will use our class corpus to investigate how linguistic features (e.g., referring terms, tense, constructed dialogue) create a story world; how the story world constructs and reflects meanings, relationships, and identities; and how stories are used to accomplish social action in various contexts.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

Sections:

LING-483-01 Discourse Analysis: Narrative
Introduction to the analysis of discourse through the study of everyday narrative and story. Readings include basic literature from linguistics, psychology, sociology and anthropology that explore the language of stories, their relationship to the 'self', their role in social interaction, social life and society, and their role in culture. Also included is a comparison between spoken and written narratives, as well as 'small' and 'large' stories. Students collect everyday narratives that they transcribe and analyse through various methods, including some that serve as more general tools of discourse analysis. Format of class includes lecture, discusison and workshop.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: LING-001hh
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