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Fall 2017
Jan 18, 2018
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LING 483 - Discourse Analysis:Narrative
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.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Linguistics Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/CULP Humanities

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