Checking date: 28/04/2019


Course: 2019/2020

Language: mind and culture
(15417)
Study: Master in Theory and Critique of Culture (253)
EPH


Coordinating teacher: PAVON LUCERO, MARIA VICTORIA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Humanities: Philosophy, Language, Literature Theory

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS

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Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
This course aims that the students achieve the following competences and skills: - Knowing and understanding the main theories about human language. - Knowing and understanding the main theories that have tried to explain the relation between language and mind. - Knowing and understanding the cultural dimension of language. - Examining and understanding the relation between the language and the social processes that configure meanings. - Acquiring methodological instruments that allow to analize and understand the elements involved in the relation between language, mind and culture. - Knowing the most relevant bibliography on the topic. - Ability to use oral and written methods of study and analysis. - Ability to produce academic texts related to the matter. As a result of the learning process, the student is expected to know the main problems related to mental and cultural dimensions of language (as well as the theories that have analized them), to have acquired the conceptual and methodological tools to deal with them, and to be able to use the bibliography on the topic to elaborate a brief paper with academic and conceptual accuracy.
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction: mind and culture, the double dimension of human language. 2. Homo loquens: 2.1. How it all started? The origins of language. 2.2. Neurological basis of language. 2.3. A portuguese was amazed...: the problem of Plato (language acquisition). 2.4. Language processing. 2.5. Sign languages. 3. Language, culture and cognition: 3.1. Cognitive, social and linguistic categories. 3.2. Do we look at the world through our language? Language and though: linguistic relativism. 3.3. Metaphors. 3.4. Gender and language. 4. The evolution of languages: intralinguistic and cultural factors: 4.1. Linguistic policies. 4.2. Standarization. 4.3. Language and dialect. 4.4. Linguistic nationalism. 4.5. Minority languages. 5. Language-culture communication. 5.1. Intercultural communication. 5.2. Pragmatics. 6. Writing systems.
Learning activities and methodology
During teaching sessions, learning activities such as the following will be conducted: - Teacher¿s presentations of general contents and readings. - Comments on the course reading and related activities. - Group work. - Exercises to be solved individually. - Oral presentations. In addition to that, students will be expected to complete reading assignments, and to prepare the exercises prior to each tutorial session. They can also attend tutorial sessions and must complete an end-of-term paper.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • Acero, J.J., Bustos, E. y Quesada, D. . ¿La hipótesis del relativismo lingüístico¿, en Introducción a la filosofía del lenguaje. Madrid: Cátedra. 1989
  • Bernárdez, Enrique. El lenguaje como cultura: una crítica del discurso sobre el lenguaje. Madrid, Alianza. 2008
  • Bosque, Ignacio. ¿Sexismo lingüístico y visibilidad de la mujer¿. Boletín de Información Lingüística de la Real Academia Española, (1), 1-18.. 2015
  • Briz Gómez, Antonio. Guía de comunicación no sexista. Madrid, Aguilar. 2011
  • Briz Gómez, Antonio. Guía de comunicación no sexista. Madrid, Aguilar. 2011
  • Chomsky, Noam. El lenguaje y los problemas del conocimiento, trad. de C. Alegría y D. J. Flakoll. Madrid, Visor. 1988
  • Corbet, Greville. Gender. Cambridge University Press. 1991
  • Escandell Vidal, Mª Victoria (coord.) et al.. El lenguaje humano. Madrid, Editorial universitaria Ramón Areces-UNED. 2009
  • Evans, Vyvyan. The Language Myth. Cambridge, CUP. 2014
  • Ibarretxe Antuñano, Iraide y Javier Valenzuela (dirs.). Lingüística cognitiva. Barcelona, Anthropos. 2012
  • Jackendoff, Ray. Language, Consciousness, Culture: Essays on Mental Structure (Jean Nicod Lectures). Cambridge (MA), MIT Press. 2007
  • Kerbrat-Orecchioni, Catherine . "¿Es universal la cortesía?", en D. Bravo y A. Briz (eds.), Pragmática sociocultural. Estudios sobre el discurso de cortesía en español. Barcelona, Ariel, cap. 4, pp. 39-53. 2004
  • Kramsch, Claire. Language and Culture. Oxford University Press. 1998
  • Lakoff, George y Mark Johnson. Metaphors we live by. Chicago, Chicago University Press. 2003 (1º ed.: 1980
  • Mendívil Giró, José Luis: . Origen, evolución y diversidad de las lenguas, . Frankfut am Main, Peter Lang, . 2009.
  • Moreno Cabrera, Juan Carlos. De Babel a Pentecostés: manifiesto plurilingüista. Horsori. 2006
  • Moreno Cabrera, Juan Carlos. El nacionalismo lingüístico. Una ideología destructiva. Barcelona, Atalaya. 2008
  • Moreno Cabrera, Juan Carlos: . La dignidad e igualdad de las lenguas. Crítica de la discriminación lingüística, . Madrid, Alianza, . 2000.
  • Moreno Cabrera, Juan Carlos: . Las lenguas y sus escrituras: tipología, evolución e ideología, . Madrid, Síntesis, . 2005.
  • O¿Grady, William . Cómo aprenden los niños el lenguaje, trad. de A. Benítez Burraco. Madrid, Akal. 2010
  • Pinker, Steven: . El instinto del lenguaje, versión de José Manuel Igoa González, . Madrid, Alianza, . 1995.
  • Pullum, Geoffrey K.: . The Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax and Other Irreverent Essays on the Study of Language, . Chicago-London, The University of Chicago Press, . 1991.
  • Tannen, Deborah: . You just don¿t understand. Women and men in conversation, . New York, Morrow, . 1990.
  • Ting-Toomey, Stella y Chung, Leeva C.: . Understanding Intercultural Communication, 2ª ed., . New York-Oxford, Oxford University Press, . 2012.
  • Yule, George. El lenguaje, 3ª ed., trad. de Nuria Bel Rafecas. Madrid, Akal. 2008
Additional Bibliography
  • Bastardas Boada, Albert. ¿Ecología y sostenibilidad lingüística: Una aproximación desde la (socio)complejidad¿, en: Casas Gómez, Miguel (dir.) & Rocío Vela Sánchez (ed.). Eugenio Coseriu, in memoriam. XIV Jornadas de Lingüística. Cádiz: Universidad de Cádiz, Servicio de Publicaciones, pp. 143-163.. 2014
  • Casado Velarde, Manuel. Lenguaje y cultura. Madrid, Síntesis. 1998
  • Colón Domenech, Germà y Lluís Gimeno Botí (eds.): . Ecologia lingüística i desparició de llengües, . Castelló, Universitat Jaume I, . 2007.
  • Croft, William y D. Alan Cruse: . Cognitive Linguistics [Trad. esp.: Lingüística cognitiva, Madrid, Akal, 2008.]. CUP, . 2004.
  • Crystal, David: . Language Death [Trad. esp.: La muerte de las lenguas, Madrid, Cambridge, 2001],. Cambridge, C.U.P., . 2000.
  • Cuenca, Maria Josep y Joseph Hilferty: . Introducción a la lingüística cognitiva, . Barcelona, Ariel, . 1999.
  • Harris, R.: . Signos de escritura, . Barcelona, Gedisa, . 1999.
  • Harris, R.: . Rethinking Writing, . Londres, The Athlone Press, . 2000.
  • Holmes, Janet y Miriam Meyerhoff (eds.): . The Handbook of Language and Gender, . Oxford, Blackwell,. 2003.
  • Langacker, Ronald W.: . Foundations of Cognitive Grammar, . Stanford University Press, . 1987 (vol. I) - 1991 (vol. II).
  • Langacker, Ronald W.: . Concept, Image and Symbol: The Cognitive Basis of Grammar, . Berlín, Mouton, . 1990.
  • Lledó Cunill, Eulàlia (coord.), M.ª Ángeles Calero Fernández y Esther Forgas Berdet. De mujeres y diccionarios. Evolución de lo femenino en la 22.ª edición del DRAE. Madrid, Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales. 2004
  • Lorenzo González, Guillermo J. y Longa Martínez, Víctor Manuel. El innatismo. Madrid, Cátedra. 2018
  • Moreno Cabrera, Juan Carlos: . Curso universitario de Lingüística General, 2ª ed., vol. I, . Madrid, Síntesis, . 2000.
  • Moreno Fernández, Francisco: . Principios de sociolingüística y sociología del lenguaje, . Barcelona, Ariel, . 1988.
  • Ong, W. J.: . Orality and Literacy. The Technologizing of the Word. . Nueva York: Methuen, . 1982. [Trad. esp.: Oralidad y escritura. Tecnologías de la palabra. México, Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1987]
  • P. T. Daniels y W. Bright (eds.): . The World¿s Writing Systems. . Oxford, Oxford University Press, . 1996.
  • Sapir, Edward: . Language, . 1921..
  • Soriano Díaz, Ramón Luis. ¿Política lingüística y derechos lingüísticos¿. Revista de Llengua y Dret 32, 115-125. 1999
  • Sperber, Dan y Deirdre Wilson: . Relevance. Communication and Cognition. . Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1986. . [Trad. esp.: Relevancia. Comunicación y procesos cognoscitivos. Madrid, Visor, 1994]
  • Whorf, Benjamin Lee: . Language, Though and Reality, . 1956..

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