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LING230 Interaction and Identity in Context

The linguistic analysis of interactional discourse, focusing on how identity is conveyed in social, academic, and workplace contexts. Develops practical tools for understanding how language functions in interactions.

Who am I? Who are you? Most of what we know about each other is constructed and conveyed through language. This course provides linguistic and theoretical tools for analyzing spoken discourse. Students will be able to explore their own interests in the research literature on identity categories (such as genders and ethnicities; activities like gaming; workplaces like medical practices) through reading and written assignments.

Paper title Interaction and Identity in Context
Paper code LING230
Subject Linguistics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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LING 330
Schedule C
Arts and Music

No prerequisites


Teaching staff

Dr Anne Feryok

Paper Structure

60% internal marks, 40% examination.



Gee, J. P. (2014). How to do discourse analysis: A toolkit. (2nded.) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-315-81966-2

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Recognize and explain what linguistic discourse analysis tools do and how they are used.
  • Recognize and explain what different theoretical discourse tools do and how they are used.
  • Recognize and explain transcription conventions.
  • Analyze authentic examples of linguistic choices in interactional discourse.
  • Recognize how linguistic and theoretical discourse analysis tools are synthesized to interpret interactional discourse.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 14:00-14:50 29-34, 36-40
A2 Thursday 15:00-15:50 29-34, 36-40