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Kathryn Brodber

Lecture Times:
Tuesday, 10-11 a.m. (N4); Thursday 11a.m.-12 noon p.m. (O2)

Wednesday, 11 a.m.-12 noon (N2); Thursday, 10 – 11 a.m. (N4)





L 33C: Discourse Analysis

Coursework: 60%
[Data collection & transcription: 30%; research essay, 2500 words: 30%]
Final Examination: 40%


This course explores issues in spoken discourse, with reference to Inferential, Interactional & Code approaches to discourse analysis. The focus is on the practical application of these theoretical approaches to the interpretation of adversarial talk in the Caribbean.


At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • explain the principles associated with different approaches to discourse analysis
  • collect data suitable for the analysis of discourse
  • transcribe and code discourse data, using the Cassidy LePage phonemic transcription system and the Dubois et al discourse coding system
  • apply the principles of analysis learned to the interpretation of adversarial talk in local settings
  • assess the relevance of the principles learned to the context of the Caribbean.

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