The aim of the course is to explore the reflexive relation between cultural patterns, language use and linguistic structures and the relation between language and world view and language and cognition. Attention will be paid to the linguistic and cultural specific expressions in African communities of conceptual domains such as colour, space, and time. Other topics include: Ethno-psychology (body and mind, personhood, disease, illness and the cultural construction of the sensorium); Ethno-philosophy (indegenous knowledge systems, moral values and cultural keywords); Ethno-syntax (culture in grammar, for example the cultural motivations for nominal classisfication systems); Literacy practices and cultural change (modes of education).
To gain insight into the forms and uses of language from an ethnographic perspective.
Mode of instruction
Total 140 hrs (5 EC)
Lecture: 13 × 2 hrs = 26 hrs
Take home- exam = 4 hrs
Literature = 110 hrs
Class presentation: 10 %
Weekly participation on the discussion board (blackboard): 10%
Take home exam: 80 %
Take home exam.
Inspection and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
Blackboard will be used for:
Access to lectures’ slides;
Weekly participation on the discussion board.
Readings (articles) will be announced on Blackboard before the beginning of the course.
Teacher: Dr. N.Q. Emlen
Coordinator of Studies: P.C. Lai LL.M. MSc
Education Administration Office: van Wijkplaats