EGH304 : Conversation Analysis

Convenor(s): Dr Gareth Walker


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

In this module we will work with recordings and transcriptions of real conversation, analysing in detail aspects of spoken interaction such as turn-taking, overlap, repair, sequence organisation and topic from the perspective of Conversation Analysis (CA). The module provides an opportunity to: deepen your understanding of how conversation is structurally organised; develop analyses of conversation which are grounded in the observable linguistic-sequential properties of the talk; and explore the relationship between CA and linguistics.


The whole group will meet for two hours each week, with the time divided between lectures and group work.


Component one: an essay (worth 35% of your final mark) in which you write on one of the core areas of conversational organisation covered in the course (e.g. turn-taking, overlap, repair etc.).

Component two: an essay (worth 65% of your final mark) in which you identify some conversational phenomenon which is of interest for its linguistic-sequential properties, and then develop an original analysis of linguistic and interactional aspects of the phenomenon

Both components will involve detailed analysis of recordings and transcriptions which you will be given access to.

Contact Details

Dr Gareth Walker, 0114 222 0238

Information last changed: Thursday 17th of March 2016 :: 09:03:17 AM (GMT)


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK