ANT 393 • Conversation Analysis
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
This course is a graduate level exploration into conversation analysis and the analysis of everyday narratives. We will read work in conversation analysis (CA), in the analysis of talk-in-interaction, and on oral narratives as they emerge in spontaneous everyday talk. We will focus on using methods of conversation analysis and various types of narrative analysis in the understanding of relationships between language and culture, how social relations are created and sustained, and other aspects of human symbolic and communicative behavior cross-culturally. Each student will do a project using some aspect(s) of CA methodology, ethnomethodological principles, and narrative analysis learned in the course, applying these methods to everyday language data and a research question concerning language and society, such as identity practices, the production of social inequality, conflict, socialization, the organization of educational contexts, practices of institutions, etc. Students will collect language data during the course.