• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Zhengdao Ye
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course LING2015
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course explores the relationship between language and culture, and its implications for translation. Special attention will be given to recent debates on the nature of language, culture and social life, to the interplay between diversity and universals, and to the issues of 'translatability' across languages and cultures.

Topics discussed will include language universals and 'human nature'; translating political and emotion concepts across languages and cultures; different ways of thinking about space and the environment; folk taxonomies and principles of human categorization; the conceptualization of colours, and different ways of 'seeing the world'; linked with different languages and cultures; and culture reflected in grammar. In particular, the course will deal with the issue of the hidden cultural legacy of English, and its implications for translation from and into English in the era of  'global English'.

 

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of the course, the students will be able to:

1. achieve a better understanding of the intrinsic links between language and culture, and the debates surrounding the issue of universality and cultural relativity;  

2. understand the links between culture and translation, and the limits of translatability related to cultural differences;

3. identify the challenges involved in translating from and into English in today’s world arising from different  ‘cultural worlds’ embedded in the meaning of linguistic expressions;

4. explain culture-specific meanings in simple and universal language. 

Indicative Assessment

Wattle forum contribution (10%) [LOs 1, 2]

1-hour in-class test (20%) [LOs 1, 2, 3]

20-minute oral presentation (10%) [LOs 1, 3, 4]

Written critique: 1000 words (10%) [LOs 1, 3, 4]

Research paper: 3000 words (40%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4]

Reflective analysis of 800 words (10%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 2-hour lecture x 12 weeks; 1-hour tutorial x 11 weeks, and
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed LING6001 or ANTH1002 or ANTH1003 or LING6021. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LANG2015 or LING6015. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Will be listed on the course Wattle site.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9379 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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