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Language, Communication and the Sexes (6 points)


Leader: To be advised

Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit examines the relationship between sex/gender/sexuality, language use, linguistic representation and communicative behaviour. The examination of differences in the language use and communication patterns of the sexes focuses on (i) a variety of languages including Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Swedish; (ii) written and spoken texts and (iii) public and private contexts including patient/doctor interaction, computer mediated interaction, interpersonal communication and educational settings.

Assessment: Research project (2000 words): 40% + Mid-semester test (1.5 hour): 20% + Class fieldwork report (1000 words): 30% + Participation [on-line distance education students - discussion groups or contribution to ongoing debate through written memos]: 10%

Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar per week

Prerequisites: Any first-year sequence in Linguistics, English in Use, Communication, Text and Context

Prohibitions: LIN3390

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