LING-496 Intercultural Communication
Cecilia Castillo Ayometzi
This course explores how language use varies from culture to culture, and how knowledge of these differences (and similarities) can help us to understand the interactional dynamics involved in intercultural contact, both across different societies and within a single society. In order to provide students with the tools for conducting original research projects on how these differences and similarities might be usefully studied, we will review major theoretical and methodological concepts in the field of intercultural communication, as well as discuss specific case studies of intercultural (mis)/communication in a variety of contexts, from casual interpersonal conversation to interaction in specific institutional settings. In addition to carrying out an original research project, students will be required to write a midterm project, present weekly journals, as well as summaries of scholarly articles to be discussed in class. The course will begin by looking at the big picture, exploring a range of linguistic and anthropological understanding of language communication and culture. Thereafter we will focus on specific topics and approaches of analysis. Emphasis will always be placed on how people use language in concrete situations, and how “interdiscourse communication” emerges from such use.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Ling 001
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