LING-705 Seminar: Discourse and Social Media
Spring for 2017-2018
Description: This is a pre-dissertation level seminar providing training in advanced discourse analysis, with a focus on the discourse of digital media. The class will analyze naturally-occurring interaction among family and friends, in such digital media platforms as Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, email, gChat, texting, Snap Chat, Snap Story, Twitter, Skype, and so on. We will survey the literature in CMD (Computer-Mediated Discourse) and the classic and current literature in interactional sociolinguistics, intertextuality, framing, and identity, and explore a range of theoretical and methodological issues relevant to seminar members' research. Each class member will collect and analyze a body of naturally-occurring digital discourse; all class members' discourse data will be examined and analyzed by the entire class in workshop format.


Bibliography: Each student will be responsible for finding, summarizing, and commenting on 9 outside readings, and for providing both a one-page written summary and a five-minute oral summary of each for class. Students’ outside readings will form the basis for the literature review section of their term papers.

Term paper: Each student will conduct an independent research project which will provide the material for both a class presentation and a final paper of 25-30 pages. Papers are expected to be of publishable quality and it is strongly recommended that they eventually be published.

Required reading: Articles to be distributed in class

Recommended reading:

Becker, A.L. 1995. Beyond translation: Essays toward a modern philology. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
Gumperz, John J. 1982. Discourse strategies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Schiffrin, Deborah. 1994. Approaches to discourse. Oxford and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.
Tannen, Deborah. 2007. Talking Voices: Repetition, Dialogue and Imagery in Conversational
Discourse. Second edition, with new Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Tannen, Deborah. 2005. Conversational Style: Analyzing Talk Among Friends. New edition. Oxford & NY: Oxford University Press.

Other requirements and limitations:
Attendance is required. No auditors, no incompletes, no late papers, no laptops in class.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.
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