The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


In a world where networks are increasingly international and global, communication between speakers from different cultural backgrounds is becoming politically, economically and socially essential. Because cultural values expressed through language often do not "translate" accurately, miscommunication may arise from a lack of awareness of cultural and linguistic differences. This course explores some of the ways in which languages embody cultural differences in word meanings, in sentence structures, and in norms of interaction.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): LING3003. Students who have successfully completed LING3003 are not eligible to enrol in LING2501.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate awareness of ways in which cultural diversity is encoded in language;

2. Demonstrate an understanding of relationships between linguistic communication and cultural contexts;

3. Demonstrate an understanding of underlying causes of problems in cross-cultural communication;

4. Demonstrate 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 discussed will include:

  • words, meanings and cultural values - how vocabulary can give insight into a culture;
  • linguistic and cultural metaphors;
  • norms of conversational interaction - cross-cultural comparisons;
  • problems in describing cultural values - "indirectness", "restraint", "politeness".


This course replaces LING3003. If you have successfully completed LING3003 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Written Assignment: 2 x Essays / Written Assignments

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study