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LING7780 – Advanced Topics in Language in Interaction

2021 – Session 2, Fully online/virtual

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Jennifer Rowland
Scott Barnes
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit will focus on how people use spoken language within social interaction in everyday situations. It will examine how lexis, syntax, and prosody integrate with other semiotic resources such as gaze, gesture, the body and the surrounding environment. It will also explore particular scenes of social activity, such as conversations between friends and family, emergency calls, medical consultations, and interactions involving people with cognitive disorders. The unit will provide students with a thorough methodological grounding in the micro-analytic techniques of conversation analysis (CA) and interactional linguistics. Wherever possible, the course will take a cross-linguistic and cross-cultural perspective on social interaction. Students will develop the technical skills necessary for data collection, transcription and analysis of both audio and video recordings, as well as the management of interactional corpora.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://www.mq.edu.au/study/calendar-of-dates

Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Evaluate and apply theories relevant for describing and explaining spoken language in use.
  • ULO2: Critically analyse the relationship between linguistic practices, social organisation, and the material world.
  • ULO3: Conduct and interpret procedures relevant for analysing language use.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate through independent research how language is used to achieve human social activities in particular contexts.
  • ULO5: Effectively and plainly communicate the findings of independent research in an academic research report.

General Assessment Information

Penalties for late submission will be administered as per Department practice.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
1. Transcription task 15% No Week 6
2. An analysis task 25% No Week 9
3. Data session 10% No Week 13
4. Final report 50% No Week 13

1. Transcription task

Assessment Type 1: Practice-based task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Week 6
Weighting: 15%

Detailed transcription of an audio passage and a video passage. (Equivalent to 1000 words).


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Evaluate and apply theories relevant for describing and explaining spoken language in use.
  • Conduct and interpret procedures relevant for analysing language use.

2. An analysis task

Assessment Type 1: Qualitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Week 9
Weighting: 25%

Students will conduct analyses of data extracts provided to them. Analyses will involve turn-taking, sequence organization, repair (Equivalent to 1200 words)


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Evaluate and apply theories relevant for describing and explaining spoken language in use.
  • Critically analyse the relationship between linguistic practices, social organisation, and the material world.
  • Conduct and interpret procedures relevant for analysing language use.
  • Demonstrate through independent research how language is used to achieve human social activities in particular contexts.
  • Effectively and plainly communicate the findings of independent research in an academic research report.

3. Data session

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 10%

Students will lead a group data session on interactional practices that they have identified from within transcribed recordings (2 hour data session. Transcript preparation is equivalent to 800 words.)


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Evaluate and apply theories relevant for describing and explaining spoken language in use.
  • Critically analyse the relationship between linguistic practices, social organisation, and the material world.
  • Conduct and interpret procedures relevant for analysing language use.
  • Demonstrate through independent research how language is used to achieve human social activities in particular contexts.
  • Effectively and plainly communicate the findings of independent research in an academic research report.

4. Final report

Assessment Type 1: Qualitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 50 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 50%

Students will write a report analysing extracts exemplifying interactional practices that they have identified from within transcribed recordings. (2500 words)


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Evaluate and apply theories relevant for describing and explaining spoken language in use.
  • Critically analyse the relationship between linguistic practices, social organisation, and the material world.
  • Conduct and interpret procedures relevant for analysing language use.
  • Demonstrate through independent research how language is used to achieve human social activities in particular contexts.
  • Effectively and plainly communicate the findings of independent research in an academic research report.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Fortnightly classes.

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Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

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