The Analysis of Discourse
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Gain an introduction to a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the analysis of discourses and texts in a range of sites and social contexts. You will analyse a variety of written texts and conversations to uncover their cohesive factors as well as stylistic and varietal differences in discourse structure. The unit further explores conversational structure; narrative structure; indicators of semantic cohesion; the distribution of information in a text (givenness, focus, etc.); the place of knowledge and context in language and understanding and the construction of texts in social contexts.
Additional information: Please note that all Monash ALMX units are worth double the number of credit points as standard undergraduate units. This means they require double the work of most OUA units and that only six units are required to complete a Master's degree. Students should take one ALMX unit per Session if part-time or two units for a full-time study load.
You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:
At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
- summarise key theoretical and methodological approaches and to discourse analysis
- compare the work of competing theorists, and recognise their role in the development of discourse analysis theories
- identify and describe the discourse conventions of casual conversations, narratives and selected forms of institutional discourse
- apply at least one methodology to a selected context.
A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.
This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:
Print based materials
- Welcome Letter
- Audio/Video - Streaming
- Online Assessment
- Printable format materials
- Resources and Links
Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the Unibooks website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.
This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:
- Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics, Monash University
- Master of Applied Linguistics, Monash University
This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:
- Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
- In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.
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