• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Zhengdao Ye
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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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:

Upon successful completion of this course, 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 (10%)  [LO 1, 3, 4]

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

2,000 word essay (30%) [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 one of either LING1001 or LING2001 or ANTH1002 or LING1021 or LING2021 or ANTH1002 or ANTH1003. 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. 

Preliminary Reading

Three short chapters in:

Besemeres, Mary & Anna Wierzbicka (eds.) 2007. Translating Lives: Living with Two Languages and Cultures. St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press. (Chifley Short Loan).

Chapter 10: Besemeres, Mary. Between 'zal' and emotional blackmail: Ways of being in Polish and English.                                             

Chapter 11: Gladkova, Anna. The journey of self-discovery in another language.
                                               
Chapter 8: Wierzbicka, Anna. Two languages, two cultures, one (?) self: Between Polish and English.

Majors

Minors

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:
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
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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
2321 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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