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  1. 1. Course Programme Proper Names in Cross- Cultural Communication
  2. 2. The goals of the course  1. Develop students' cross-cultural communicative competence through discussion and analysis of current issues.  2. Present students with different types of proper names analysis and its value for cross-cultural studies.  3. Encourage students to see cultural and historical traces in proper names and their influence on modern naming strategies.  4. Discourage misunderstandings due to cultural differences, stereotyping, and prejudice.
  3. 3. Requirements  Submit a written analysis of a name construction and function in modern discourse (as a material may serve a novel, a newspaper, a film, advertisements in a particular field and so on).  Make an oral presentation of the analysis.  Prepare a name quiz based on one of the discussed topics.  At the end of the 2nd term to submit a course paper.  Regular attendance and active participation.
  4. 4. Grading Techniques Course participation - 30% Presentation - 20% Paper - 30% Quiz (1st term)/Search Task (web quest, hot list, multimedia scrapbook) (2nd term) - 20%
  5. 5. Sample Syllabus Week 8 – 24.11  Names as a reflection of social status. Name fashion. Brands around us.  Do the quiz “Trade names”.  Read the story “The Bottom Line and the Sharp End” by Fay Weldon.  Make up your quiz!  Presentation.
  6. 6. Possible topics for presentation 1. The role of personal names in P.G. Wodehouse’s works. 2. Nickname as a main concept of the novel “Run, Rabbit” by J. Updike. 3. Status names in the novel “The Devil Wears Prada” by L. Weisberger. 4. Allusion in modern advertising. 5. Proper names as cultural symbols in modern press.
  7. 7. Possible themes for written papers 1. How does the name express the personality in the story “The Bottom Line and the Sharp End” by F. Weldon? 2. Names speak louder or how is the social status reflected in proper names in the novel “The Devil Wears Prada” by L. Weisberger? 3. Changing a name – changing a personality: how does the change of names express the change of personal character in the novel “Room At the Top” by J. Braine. 4. Attitude to your name – attitude to yourself: cultures and names in the novel “White Teeth” by Zadie Smith. 5. How does the change of attitude to a person influence the perception of his name in the story “Mr Know All” by W.S. Maugham?
  8. 8. Useful Internet Links  Books Ермолович Д.И. Имя собственное в межкультурной коммуникации  Directory inquiries Библиография по поэтической ономастике  Scientific articles Имя: внутренняя структура, семантическая аура, контекст: Тезисы международной научной конференции. db8adf65b129933cb3579617fe984365 Часть 1  Articles to enjoy Интересные статьи по именам  Sites on onomastics societies Ономастика России