• 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 PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Zhengdao Ye
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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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

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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

Tutorial participation (5%)  [LO 1, 3, 4]

In-class test (20%), [LO 1, 2, 3]

3,000 word essay (35%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]

Final examination (40%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]

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Workload

10 hours of work per week: 3 weekly contact hours, plus 7 hours of regular work per week outside class.

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

Wierzbicka, Anna, 2006. English: Meaning and culture, New York, OUP. 

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. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution 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
1994-2003 $1542
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3618
2004 $3618
2005 $3618
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8836 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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