BALanguage and Culture

Credit points: 4
Contact hours: 30
Type: Lectures


Andrej Stopar, PhD

Course Description

Aims and Specific Competences:

Ability to recognize reciprocal relation between language and culture. Ability to identify language unviversaly culture specific features in English and other languages. Ability to apply and evaluate different views on the influence of culture on the lexicon and grammatical structure of a language. Ability to define and resolve problems of communication cross cultural environment.


The main objective of the course is to explore the many ways in which language expresses the cultural identity of its speakers, focusing on the following topics: An overview of different views on linguistic determinism and linguistic relativity. Language typology and language universals. Structural similarities and differences among the languages of the world.  Languages and cultures in contact.

Course Literature:

  • Comrie, B. 1981. Language Universals and Linguistic Typology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Izbrana poglavja (1-4), str.: 1-96.
  • Enfield, N. J. (ur.) 2002. Ethnosyntax. Explorations in Grammar and Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Izbrana poglavja (1-3), str.: 1-70.
  • Holm, J. 2004. Languages in Contact. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Izbrana poglavja (1, 2), str.: 1-70.
  • Trobevšek Drobnak, F. 2006. O raznolikosti in spreminjanju jezikov. Ljubljana: Znanstvenoraziskovalni inštitut Filozofske fakultete. Str.: 115.


Written examination.

Grading scale:  6-10 (pass) and 1-5 (fail); in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana and the examination system of the Faculty of Arts