LING-333 Cross Cultural Communication
Fall for 2017-2018
This course explores the nature of cross-cultural communication from the perspective of interactional sociolinguistics. We take a broad view of “culture”, which includes geographic region, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic class, and gender. We examine the relationship between language and culture by investigating aspects of language use that vary by culture, including turn-taking, specific speech acts, silence, politeness, and nonverbal cues. In addition to considering language use in everyday conversation, we examine communication in institutional contexts, including education, business, law, and medicine. Class activities include lectures, discussion in whole-class and small-group formats, video presentations, hands-on data analysis, and guest lectures. Requirements include a solid attendance record, active participation in class discussions, weekly reading responses, two written papers, and a final presentation.
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