- Code LING2021
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Linguistics
- Areas of interest Asian Languages, International Relations, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
In different societies people speak differently, not only because they speak different languages but because their ways of using language are different. These differences can be profound and systematic. Today’s transnational flows of people, ideas, languages, and practices mean that we encounter these differences in contexts ranging from home, school, hospital, workplaces, to international business, tourism, diplomacy and humanitarian work. This drives the need to understand both ‘cross-cultural communication’ (communication across different groups and societies) and ‘intercultural communication’ (communication within groups and societies). How people choose to interact with others stems from the languages they speak, and also from their histories, the values of the groups they identify with, their relations with their interactants, the goals of the interaction, the setting in which it takes place and the medium (digital, face-to-face, written). We explore these from a linguistic perspective, critically examining the empirical basis for claims made about communication in a range of societies including, for example, Australia, the US, Indigenous Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan, Israel, Korea, and Hispanic speech communities. A general framework for understanding verbal as well as non-verbal communication across and between groups is outlined, drawing on insights from linguistics, psychology, anthropology, tourism, media and communication studies.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify and analyse speech practices that are characteristic of a speech community or community of practice;
- describe and analyse speech practices and associated ways of behaving from a non-ethnocentric perspective;
- identify and evaluate ways of studying cross-cultural and intercultural communication;
- reflect on their experience and contribute, in their own way, to a better intercultural understanding in Australia and in the world; and
- think about, write and present an argument using evidence from intercultural and crosscultural research.
- Engagement tasks including quizzes, forum discussions and presentations (approx. 1000 words) (35) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- Data analysis task (approx. 1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Research report (approx. 2000 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorial.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Readings are available on the course Wattle site.
No assumed knowledge or required skills
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