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LIN 340 Communication in Social Contexts (3 credits)

This course analyzes how people communicate with each another in various social contexts. We will focus on recent research topics in discourse analysis and explore particular contexts of discourse such as that which takes place in the legal field (police interrogations; naturalization interviews); family interactions (homecoming routines; ventriloquizing); childhood settings (apologies, sporting events), the workplace (medicine, business, media) and the classroom (teacher-student, student-student, teacher-teacher interactions). Special attention will be given to classroom discourse, the area of applied linguistics research that investigates empirical linguistic data from classroom interaction. We will focus on substantive issues addressed by the research and theoretical frameworks used to structure the inquiry. Satisfies one GER/GEP Social Science course.