Cross-Cultural Communication

10 Units

This course explores ways in which culturally situated concepts, values, traditions, and communicative practices are expressed in and through languages and linguistic structures, including non-Indo-European and Australian Indigenous languages. The expression of cultural meanings is examined at the level of word meanings, grammatical constructions, discourse structures, and norms of conversational interaction. The course considers ways of analysing miscommunication in cross-cultural interaction, and cross-cultural translation issues.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Students who have satisfactorily completed this course will be able to demonstrate:

  1. awareness of ways in which cultural diversity is encoded in language;
  2. advanced understanding of relationships between linguistic communication and cultural contexts;
  3. critical analysis of underlying causes of problems in cross-cultural communication;
  4. advanced knowledge of different approaches to the study of cross-cultural interaction.

The course explores ways in which language embodies cultural differences, and investigates problems and principles in the study of cross-cultural communication. Topics to be covered include:

  1. words, meanings and cultural values: how vocabulary can give insight into culture;
  2. ethnosyntax: intersections between grammar and culture;
  3. ethnopragmatics: cultural norms in conversational interaction;
  4. cultural values and issues in describing them;
  5. linguistic and cultural dimensions of metaphor;
  6. analysis of miscommunication, and success factors in cross-cultural interaction.
Replacing Course(s) Not Applicable
Transition Not Applicable
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge No assumed knowledge
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - (1000 words) 2 @ 20% (40% total)
  • Essays / Written Assignments - (2500 words) 40%
  • Other: (please specify) - Seminar presentation (Callaghan) / online posting & discussion (Weblearn) 20%
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Seminar: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for LING6070

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