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Multimodal Communication in Intercultural Interaction

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ISBN 9781032130170
February 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 55 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This collection brings together a range of perspectives on intercultural communication in multimodal interaction, bridging cognitive, social and functional approaches toward promoting cross-disciplinary dialogues and taking research at the intersections of these fields into new directions.

The volume brings together conversationalist, socially-oriented, cognitive, and sensory approaches in considering culture as a dynamic construct, co-constituted and (re)negotiated between participants in interaction, and filtering it through a multimodal lens, drawing on a range of examples, such as educational settings or online video platforms. Each chapter offers a unique perspective on ‘culture’ and ‘intercultural’ while also situating their own definitions of these labels against those of the other chapters. Taken together, the chapters form a fluid conversation on the nature of intercultural encounters in today’s globalized world, as digital environments intertwine with the physical mobility of people, encouraging researchers across these fields to adopt a more holistic multimodal perspective to approach intercultural interaction.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars in intercultural communication, multimodality, sociolinguistics, cognitive and interactional linguistics, and semiotics.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1. Introduction: Multimodal Communication in Intercultural Interaction 3

Ulrike Schröder, Elisabetta Adami, and Jennifer Dailey-O’Cain



Chapter 2. Multimodality and the issue of culture: A social semiotic perspective onto the interculturality of communication *

Elisabetta Adami

Chapter 3. Rhythmic bodies: Sensorial multimodality, entrainment, and intercultural communication *

Sachi Sekimoto



Chapter 4. Methodological aspects of the analysis of co-speech gestures in intercultural interactions *

Anna Ladilova

Chapter 5. Identity construction through multimodal positioning in intercultural interaction *

Jennifer Dailey-O’Cain and Kerry Sluchinski



Chapter 6. Modal particles in multimodal language use: Towards a cognitive, comparative and intercultural approach to GFL teaching *

Ulrike Schröder

Chapter 7. The multimodal positioning of (future) multilingual teachers of EFL *

Milene Mendes de Oliveira and Adriana Fernandes Barbosa

Chapter 8. Taboos and euphemisms in foreign language conversations: a multimodal analysis of talk-in-interaction *

Fernanda Roque Amendoeira and Thiago da Cunha Nascimento

Chapter 9. Semiosis and ethicality in youth transnational digital storytelling *

Emilee Moore, Margaret R. Hawkins, Júlia Llompart, and Claudia Vallejo

Chapter 10. Intercultural communication in YouTubers’ gameplay video: A social semiotic perspective *

Weimin Toh, Fei Victor Lim, and Elisabetta Adami

Chapter 11. Concluding remarks 190

Ulrike Schröder, Elisabetta Adami, and Jennifer Dailey-O’Cain


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Ulrike Schröder is a Full Professor of Linguistics and German Studies at the Federal University of Minas Gerais since 2006. She obtained her Venia Legendi and PhD in communication studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Her research areas comprise cognitive linguistics, gesture studies, intercultural pragmatics, and interactional linguistics. She edited and published several books and over hundred articles and book chapters.

Elisabetta Adami, PhD, is Associate Professor in Multimodal Communication at the University of Leeds, UK. Her research specialises in social semiotic multimodal analysis with a focus on issues of culture and translation. She has published on sign-making practices in place, in digital environments, and in face-to-face interaction. She is editor of Multimodality & Society, leads [email protected] and co-organises the Multimodality Talks seminar series.

Jennifer Dailey-O’Cain is a sociolinguist and Professor of German and Applied Linguistics at the University of Alberta, Canada. Among her recent publications are Trans-National English in Social Media Communities (Palgrave, 2017), Multilingualism, (Im)mobilities, and Spaces of Belonging (Multilingual Matters, 2019), and many papers on various aspects of language in use.