ENGLISH 250 - Introduction to English Language Studies
Section: 001 He Said, She Said: How Conversations Work
Term: FA 2013
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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May not be repeated for credit.
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Talk, talk, talk. Text, text, text. We fill our days with talking and texting. And we typically take for granted that everyone is going to cooperate enough to make our conversations work successfully. In this class, however, we will take nothing about conversations for granted. We will study the complicated and subtle negotiations involved in both spoken and electronic conversations, including: how we successfully—and sometimes less successfully!—take turns in conversation; how small words such as um, well, and like do conversational work; and how we interpret indirect speech acts such as “I’m wondering if there is homework for tomorrow” (which we typically interpret as a direct question: “Is there homework for tomorrow?”).

We will also analyze the structure of storytelling, the etiquette of texting and other electronic communication, and possible differences between how men and women speak. You will have the opportunity to record and analyze real-life spoken conversations as well as text message conversations for the two essays in the course.

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Intended Audience:

No background in linguistics is required. All you need to bring to the course is genuine curiosity about how conversations work.

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ENGLISH 250 - Introduction to English Language Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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Dollar Bill
ISBN: 9780415346320
The discourse reader, Author: edited by Adam Jaworski and Nikolas Coupland., Publisher: Routledge 2nd editio 2005
ISBN: 0199735441
Always on language in an online and mobile world, Author: Naomi S. Baron., Publisher: Oxford university press [1. paperb 2010
ISBN: 0199550999
The myth of Mars and Venus : do men and women really speak different languages?, Author: Cameron, Deborah, 1958-, Publisher: Oxford University Press 2008
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