In the MA in Language in Intercultural Communication we are particularly interested in providing a broad-based approach to the study of language both as a cultural resource and a cultural practice. From the former perspective both the range of linguistic forms available within a language as well as the patterns of linguistic usage by its speakers gives expression to that culture’s worldview, socio-cultural norms and values. From the latter, the very act of linguistic communication is used to both create and sustain our sense of personal, cultural and national identity.
To further the study of these cultural patterns, the programme makes use of a variety of different analytic approaches ranging from Discourse Analysis and ethnolinguistics to semiotics and cross-cultural pragmatics. The course will be of interest to students of English and other languages who are seeking to deepen their knowledge of language as a cultural object, as well as a range of professionals, including language teachers, concerned with issues of interpersonal and intercultural communication.