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Language Use in the World


Admission requirements



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.


The timetables are available through MyTimetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

Assessment method

  • Final exam (60%)

  • 2 Midterm assignment (40%)

To successfully complete the course, please take note of the following:
Assignments beyond the deadline are not graded.

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


If the grade is lower than 5.5, there is only a retake for the 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.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory


For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar

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.

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