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Language Use in the World

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2020-2021

Admission requirements

None.

Description

This course builds on the topics discussed in the first semester course Language in Use and deepens the understanding of the core concepts introduced in that course. The focus of this course is on diversity in the way people think about language use across the globe. What are the (social) norms of language use, what is and is not appropriate behavior, pertaining both to verbal and non-verbal communication? In this course we will concentrate on the similarities and differences found in cross-cultural communication and the linguistic or cultural motives associated with them and we will investigate how patterns of language use are connected to the social-cultural context in which they are observed.
The course covers the following topics (amongst others): languages and status; language and knowledge; language and politics; language folklore; orality.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge and understanding of concepts and phenomena related to ethnography of communication

  • Knowledge of cross-cultural differences and similarities in language use and understanding of the consequences for intercultural communication.

  • Analytic skills to interpret and understand interpersonal communicative interaction.

Timetable

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Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

Assessment method

  • Midterm assignment (40%)

  • Final exam (60%)

To successfully complete the course, please take note of the following:

  • The end grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the midterm assignment and the final exam.

  • The grade for both exams needs to be 5.5 or higher.

Resit

If the grade is lower than 5.5, there is a possibility of retaking the midterm and final exam.

Exam review

How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.

Reading list

  • Language Use in the World Syllabus

Additional readings are announced on Brightspace.

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

not applicable

Contact

For questions related to the content of the course, please contact the lecturer, you can find their contact information by clicking on their name in the sidebar.

For questions regarding enrollment please contact the Education Administration Office Reuvensplaats
E-mail address Education Administration Office Reuvensplaats: osz-oa-reuvensplaats@hum.leidenuniv.nl

For questions regarding your studyprogress contact the Coordinator of Studies

Remarks

This course is open to students from the BA Linguistics only.

First year’s students BA Linguistics will be enrolled in the seminars of this course by the Education Administration Office.