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The Language and Intercultural Communication Reader


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Introduction: Themes and issues in the study of Language and Intercultural Communication Part I: Culture, Language And Thought 1. The relation of habitual thought and behaviour to Language 2. Is the world made up of nouns or verbs? 3. Hofstede’s value dimensions and Hall’s high context/low context Part II: Cultural Approaches To Discourse And Pragmatics: Theoretical Considerations 4. Interpersonal politeness and power 5. Politeness phenomena in Modern Chinese 6. How and why honorifics can signify dignity and elegance: The indexicality and reflexivity of linguistic rituals 7. Managing rapport in talk: Using rapport sensitive incidents to explore the motivational concerns underlying the management of relations 8. Cultural scripts: what are they and what are they good for? Part III: Communication Patterns Across Cultures: Empirical Examples 9. Requests and Apologies: A Cross-Cultural Study of Speech Act realisation patterns 10. The dugri ritual 11. The pragmatic functions of the recitation of Qur’anic verses by Muslims in their oral genre: The case of Insha’ allah, ‘God’s willing’ 12. The silent Finn revisited Part IV: Teaching and Learning Cultural Variations of Language Use 13. Small cultures 14. Developmental patterns in second language pragmatics 15. Signaling and preventing misunderstanding in English as lingua franca communication Part V: Interculturality 16. Intercultural or not? Beyond celebration of cultural differences in miscommunication analysis 17. The interactive constitution of interculturality: How to be a Japanese with words 18. Constructing membership in the in-group: Affiliation and resistance among Urban Tanzanians Part VI: Intercultural Communication In A Professional Context 19. Intercultural communication at work in Australia: Complaints and apologies in turns 20. Suggestions to buy: Television commercials from the U.S., Japan, China and Korea 21. Interruptive strategies in British and Italian Management meetings 22. Displaying closeness and respectful distance in Montevidean and Quiteño service encounters Conclusion: Studying Language and Intercultural Communication: Methodological considerations

About the Author

Zhu Hua is Reader in Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK.  She recently co-edited Language Learning/Teaching as Social (Inter)Action.


"This book provides a valuable resource for students (advanced undergraduate or post-graduate) interested in intercultural communication, but also in "language learning and teaching, pragmatics and discourse analysis of a range of subjects"." - Communication Research Trends

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