Cross-Cultural Communication

Course code LING6070
Not available in 2016


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.


Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2015.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Assessment Items

Essay: 2 x 1000 word essays

Essay: 2500 word essay

Presentation: Seminar presentation (Callaghan) / online posting & discussion (Weblearn)

Contact Hours