- Code LING6015
- 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 Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
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’.
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 AssessmentWattle 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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Workload130 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.
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