20 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: Advanced proficiency in a language other than English

Aims/Description: This module sets out to explain what we do when we use language across cultural boundaries. We will address questions of direct relevance to an understanding of translation and intercultural communication, including: To what extent do speech acts and politeness conventions differ culturally? What 'background clues' do intercultural communicators and translators need when interpreting a message? How do metaphors work across languages? How do speakers/hearers understand and create humorous effect? What linguistic devices are employed in conveying a speaker's/writer's ideological position? We will explore these kinds of questions through analysing a variety of text types from the perspective of the theoretical frameworks presented in lectures.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to MDL, ELL and Education students

Staff Contact: Dr N Baumgarten
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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