The aim of the course is to explore the reflexive relation between cultural patterns, language use and linguistic structures and the relation between language and world view and language and cognition. Attention will be paid to the linguistic and cultural specific expressions in African communities of conceptual domains such as colour, space, and time. Other topics include: Ethno-psychology (body and mind, personhood, disease, illness and the cultural construction of the sensorium); Ethno-philosophy (indegenous knowledge systems, moral values and cultural keywords); Ethno-syntax (culture in grammar, for example the cultural motivations for nominal classisfication systems); Literacy practices and cultural change (modes of education).
To gain insight into the forms and uses of language from an ethnographic perspective
The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Weekly participation in close engagement with the weekly required readings through peer to peer discussion on Discussion Board.
A presentation in groups of two of a research article on one of the topics handled in class.
A written exam based on the topics discussed in class
Participation on the discussion board: 10%
Class presentation and engagement in class discussion: 20%
Final exam: 70%
Resit of final exam.
Inspection and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
Required readings for each week will be announced via Brightspace
Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.
Registration À la carte education, Contract teaching and Exchange
Information for those interested in taking this course in context of À la carte education (without taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.
Information for those interested in taking this course in context of Contract teaching (with taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.
For the registration of exchange students contact Humanities International Office.
For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.
For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats
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