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Language and Intercultural Communication in the New Era

1st Edition

Edited by Farzad Sharifian, Maryam Jamarani


316 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

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Studies of intercultural communication in applied linguistics initially focused on miscommunication, mainly between native and non-native speakers of English. The advent of the twenty-first century has witnessed, however, a revolution in the contexts and contents of intercultural communication; technological advances such as chat rooms, emails, personal weblogs, Facebook, Twitter, mobile text messaging on the one hand, and the accelerated pace of people’s international mobility on the other have given a new meaning to the term 'intercultural communication'.

Given the remarkable growth in the prevalence of intercultural communication among people from many cultural backgrounds, and across many contexts and channels, conceptual divides such as 'native/non-native' are now almost irrelevant. This has caused the power attached to English and native speaker-like English to lose much of its automatic domination. Such developments have provided new opportunities, as well as challenges, for the study of intercultural communication and its increasingly complex nature. This book showcases recent studies in the field in a multitude of contexts to enable a collective effort towards advancements in the area.


'Sharifian and Jamarani have assembled a stellar group of scholars writing on the cutting edge of research that synthesizes the combined forces of language, culture, identity, and social media.'R.S. Zaharna, American University, USA

Table of Contents

1. Language and Intercultural Communication: From the old era to the new one Farzad Sharifian and Maryam Jamarani Part 1: Theoretical Advancements 2. History and memory in the development of intercultural competence Claire Kramsch 3. Intercultures, encyclopaedic knowledge, and cultural models Istvan Kecskes 4. Cultural Linguistics and Intercultural Communication Farzad Sharifian Part 2: New Technologies and Intercultural Communication 5. International sociodigital interaction: what politics of interculturality? Fred Dervin 6. Shaping Intercultural Competence? Creating a Virtual Space for the Development of Intercultural Communicative Competence Wendy Anderson and John Corbett 7. Nonverbal Behaviors and Cross-Cultural Communication in the New Era Hyisung Hwang and David Matsumoto 8. "Digital Natives" and "Native Speakers": Competence in Computer Mediated Communication Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou 9. Facework in intercultural e-mail communication in the academic environment Magda Stroińska and Vikki Cecchetto 10. Expert-novice orientations: Native speaker power and the didactic voice in online intercultural interaction Anthony J Liddicoat and Vincenza Tudini 11. Anglophones, Francophones, Telephones: The case of a disputed Wikipedia entry Peter Cowley and Barbara E. Hanna Part 3: Intercultural Communication in Context 12. Local languages and communication challenges in the multinational workplace Jo Angouri and Marlene Miglbauer 13. "I don't know how to speak, so I just stay silent": Uncertainty management among Chinese immigrant women seeking healthcare in the United States Mikaela L. Marlow and Howard Giles 14. The Multilingual Teacher and the Multicultural Curriculum: An Asian example for Intercultural Communication in the New Era Andy Kirkpatrick, John Patkin, and Wu Jingjing 15. Native or intercultural speakers? An examination of dyadic conversations between Spanish - and English- speaking tandem learners Jane Woodin

About the Editors

Farzad Sharifian is Professor and Director of the Language and Society Centre at Monash University, Australia.

Maryam Jamarani is Associate Lecturer at University of Queensland, Australia, and a research fellow at Monash University, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Language and Intercultural Communication

Routledge Studies in Language and Intercultural Communication publishes theoretically informed and empirically grounded research monographs and edited volumes that offer state of the art reviews of and debates in this evolving field. Its aim is to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and methodological innovations, thereby extending the scope of intercultural communication. Titles in this series also seek to maintain a strong practical and professional interest and inform and influence teaching and learning, business and organizational communication, daily communication, and beyond.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies