• Course Description

This course is designed to introduce Master One students (Promotion: Language and Culture) to the Ethnography of Communication (EC), an approach to the analysis of language and communication in context. The EC approach, drawn principally from Anthropology and Linguistics, suggests that what language is cannot be separated from how and why it is used. The course is a blend of theory, practice, and method, with particular focus on 'participant observation'.
Along with some of the basic 'core' articles that present this perspective, students will read about ethnographic work which has been done (and which is currently being done) on specific topics and in particular geographic locations, while at the same time conducting ethnographic observations within a chosen community or site of interaction (e.g. a coffee shop, a supermarket, a gym, an office, a team working together a collaborative project).

  • Course Type

Fundamental Unit: Compulsory
Class time will be a combination of lecture, work shopping of data (collected by students as well as teacher's ethnographic fieldwork), and discussion (of course readings and students’ application of the theoretical concepts in ongoing research assignements).

  • Pre-requisites: General reading of the topics like: Society, Language & Culture
  • Course Objectives

 To develop in-depth understanding of key areas in EC.
 To be able to take issues critically and conduct practical thinking and analysis.
 To uncover some of the ways that language is intertwined with social actions, values, beliefs, group memberships, identities and social institutions.
 To cultivate the skills of linguistic observation and analysis based on the premise that the best way to learn about one’s own “ways of speaking” is to contrast them with those of other communities, a process which reveals that what is assumed to be “natural” is in fact culturally unique.

  • The readings:

 Collection of articles and book chapter by various anthropologists, Ethnography of Communication founders and sociolinguists
 Teacher's notes and handouts 

  • Additional Readings

 Saville-Troike, M. (2003). The Ethnography of Communication: An Introduction. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
 Hymes, D. M. (1972). On communicative competence. In J. B. Pride and J. Holmes (eds.) Sociolinguistics 269–94. Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin.
 Hymes, D. (1974). Foundations in Sociolinguistics: An Ethnographic Approach. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
 Hymes D. (1996). Ethnography, Linguistics, Narrative Inequality: Toward an Understanding of Voice, Jane Jackson ed., Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication, London and New York: Routledge, 2012.
 Scollon, Ron and Suzanne Wong-Scollon. 2003. Discourses in Place: Language in the Material World. London / New York: Routledge.

  • Attendance Policy: Attendance is required for a student to be eligible to take the final examination.
  • Grading: The course will be evaluated on the basis of the following percentage:
     Attendance +Assignments/Practical+ Written TD (Quiz) 50%
     Final Semester Exam 50%