Analyse how culture and context come together to produce different types of language and styles. Learn to see similarities and differences and appreciate the impact of styles of language on communication, identity, power and social status.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- interpret and apply knowledge of differing varieties and styles of language within and across selected cultures and contexts
- evaluate pragmatic differences and similarities across a range of cultures and contexts
- analyse the impact of the various varieties and styles of language on communication, identity, power, and social status.
- Culture and communication- dimensions of culture, pragmatic transfer/dissonance, accommodation theory
- Variety in language - World Englishes
- Language style, register and code within cultures
- Language, identity and power
- Directness and indirectness in language
- Issues of face - complimenting, apologising
- Keeping the harmony
- Communicating across hierarchies and relationships
- Opening and closing
- Awkward moments and fuzzy concepts - amae, jen, aizuichi and many more
- Writing styles across national borders: same or different?
- Review and exam
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No special requirements
This subject critically examines the way in which culture, context and language come together to produce different varieties of language and diverse pragmatic styles. It aims to develop transcultural competence for those working in culturally and linguistically diverse contexts.
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- Exercise (30%)
- Investigation (45%)
- Non-Invigilated Exam (25%)