The representation of spoken interaction in written form is a fundamental component of the study of discourse, but it is one that is too often taken for granted or treated as a mere methodological task. At UCSB, researchers are committed to understanding transcription as a simultaneously theoretical, methodological, and sociocultural phenomenon with profound consequences for how speech and speakers are textually represented. In addition to providing training in issues of phonetic transcription, UCSB offers a course exclusively devoted to the transcription of spoken discourse. Faculty and students conduct research on transcription and related forms of discourse representation.
Linguistics 206: Introduction to Phonetics
Linguistics 212: Discourse Transcription
Linguistics 224: Spoken and Written Discourse
Linguistics 230: Methods in Sociocultural Linguistics
Linguistics 232: Foundations of Sociocultural Linguistics
Linguistics 273A-B: Language and the Body