An examination of current research and theory in discourse processing. Specific topics may include politeness theory, sarcasm, generation of insults, characteristics of instant-messaging and e-mail, development of slang, commitment language in therapy, rules of conversation, & speechlessness. The course emphasizes close reading of selected primary sources, in-class discussion, & extensive writing, culminating in a detailed research proposal. Prerequisite: PSYCH*206 and PSYCH*207; one of PSYCH*160, PSYCH*162, or PSYCH*164; and permission of the instructor. Distribution Requirements: None.