1st Edition

The Language and Intercultural Communication Reader

Edited By Zhu Hua Copyright 2011
    448 Pages
    by Routledge

    448 Pages
    by Routledge

    Language is key to understanding culture, and culture is an essential part of studying language. This reader focuses on the interplay between Language and Intercultural Communication.

    Reflecting the international nature of the field, this reader covers a wide range of language and cultural contexts: Arabic, Chinese, English (British, American, Australian and South African), Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Samoan and Spanish. Divided into six parts, it covers: Culture, language and thought; Cultural approaches to discourse and pragmatics; Communication patterns across cultures; Teaching and learning cultural variations of language use; Interculturality and Intercultural Communication in professional contexts. With twenty two readings by eminent authorities in the field as well as cutting-edge materials representing current developments, the book explores the breadth and depth of the subject as well as providing an essential overview for both students and researchers.

    Each part begins with a clear and comprehensive introduction, and is enhanced by discussion questions, study activities and further reading sections. Alongside a comprehensive Resource List, detailing important reference books, journals, organisations and websites and an annotated Glossary of key terms, the final section offers advice on how to carry out research in Language and Intercultural Communication. 

    Acknowledgements  How to use the Reader  Introduction: Themes and issues in the study of Language and Intercultural Communication - Zhu Hua  Notes for students and instructors  Part I: Culture, Language And Thought   Introduction to Part One  1. The relation of habitual thought and behaviour to Language - Benjamin Whorf  2. Is the world made up of nouns or verbs? - Richard Nisbett  3. Hofstede’s value dimensions and Hall’s high context/low context - Larry A. Samovar, Richard Porter & Lisa A. Stefani  Notes for students and instructors  Part II: Cultural Approaches To Discourse And Pragmatics: Theoretical Considerations  Introduction to Part Two   4. Interpersonal politeness and power - Ron Scollon & Suzanne Wong Scollon  5. Politeness phenomena in Modern Chinese - Yueguo Gu  6. How and why honorifics can signify dignity and elegance: The indexicality and reflexivity of linguistic rituals - Sachiko Ide  7. Managing rapport in talk: Using rapport sensitive incidents to explore the motivational concerns underlying the management of relations - Helen Spencer-Oatey  8. Cultural scripts: what are they and what are they good for? - Cliff Goddard & Anna Wierzbicka  Notes for students and instructors.  Part III: Communication Patterns Across Cultures: Empirical Examples  Introduction to Part Three  9. Requests and Apologies: A Cross-Cultural Study of Speech Act realisation patterns - Shoshana Blum-Kulka and Elite Olshtain  10. The dugri ritual - Tamar Katriel  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’ - Ayman Nazzal  12. The silent Finn revisited - Kari Sajavaara and Jaakko Lehtonen  Notes for students and instructors  Part IV: Teaching and Learning Cultural Variations of Language Use  Introduction to Part Four  13. Small cultures - Adrian Holliday  14. Developmental patterns in second language pragmatics - Gabriele Kasper and Kenneth R. Rose  15. Signaling and preventing misunderstanding in English as lingua franca communication - Anna Mauranen  Notes for students and instructors  Part V: Interculturality  Introduction to Part Five  16. Intercultural or not? Beyond celebration of cultural differences in miscommunication analysis - Srikant Sarangi  17. The interactive constitution of interculturality: How to be a Japanese with words - Aug Nishizaka  18. Constructing membership in the in-group: Affiliation and resistance among Urban Tanzanians - Christina Higgins  Notes for students and instructors  Part VI: Intercultural Communication In A Professional Context  Introduction to Part Six  19. Intercultural communication at work in Australia: Complaints and apologies in turns - Michael Clyne, Martin Ball and Deborah Neil  20. Suggestions to buy: Television commercials from the U.S., Japan, China and Korea - Richard Schmidt, Akihiko Shimura, Zhigang Wang and Hy-sook Jeong  21. Interruptive strategies in British and Italian Management meetings - Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini and Sandra J. Harris  22. Displaying closeness and respectful distance in Montevidean and Quiteño service encounters - Rosina Márquez Reiter and María E. Placencia  Notes for students and instructors  Conclusion: Studying Language and Intercultural Communication: Methodological considerations - Zhu Hua  Notes for students and instructors  Resource List  Glossary  Index


    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