DELC333: Intercultural Communication and Linguistic Relativity

Year 4

DELC333: Intercultural communication and linguistic relativity

This module is centred on the relationship between linguistic relativity and language use in intercultural communication. It regards all those phenomena where speakers of different ethnic groups (i.e. Chinese, British, French, German, Spanish) experience cultural, ideological as well as cognitive/semantic mismatches in context. The course offers a critical perspective and both qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis of situations where language specificity directly or indirectly determines interactional clashes, impolite behaviour or miscommunication.