Talk and Text

English, School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies

College of Arts and Law


Code 23913

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1&2

Other pre-requisites You must have completed at least one year of appropriate study in this discipline.

Module description

This module will offer students an opportunity to build on the study of language, text and genre from Level C. The module focuses specifically on spoken discourse, and provides an introduction to the study of spoken language in a variety of contexts. You will develop your skills in analysing and transcribing spoken interactions, and will learn to identify characteristics of different types and genres of spoken interaction, such as everyday conversation, stories, political discourse and business talk. You will learn about a number of theoretical approaches for the analysis of spoken interactions, and learn to use a range of methods of analysis. In addition to carrying out some short analysis and transcription tasks, you will have the opportunity to carry out a project in which you record, transcribe and analyse a piece of spoken discourse of your choice.

Teaching and learning methods