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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication

1st Edition

Edited by Jane Jackson


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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication constitutes a comprehensive introduction to the multidisciplinary field of intercultural communication, drawing on the expertise of leading scholars from diverse backgrounds. The Handbook is structured in five sections and covers historical perspectives, core issues and topics, and new debates in the field, with a particular focus on the language dimension. Among the key themes addressed are: the foundation of intercultural communication; core themes and issues; putting intercultural communication theory into practice; new debates and future directions. The Handbook includes an introduction and overview by the editor, which provides readers with an indication of the focus of each section and chapter.

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication is the ideal resource for advanced undergraduates and postgraduate students of applied linguistics, TESOL/TEFL and communication studies.


'The essays coalesce in a tour de force that embraces the multi-layered interactions involving language choice defined by psychological, economical, political, religious, and ethical factors. The volume is capably indexed and extended by a wealth of recommended readings for each essay. It fills gaps between national demarcations and serves as a bridge for educators, policymakers, and others interested in and/or working in the field. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.' - K. Liu, CUNY in CHOICE

'This stimulating volume dwells in the realm of the "inter," engaging the complexity of the interdisciplinary perspective and the interrelated theories and models that inform our intercultural work. The text is beautifully constructed for both seasoned professionals and nonspecialists, with each chapter articulately unfolding a lucid review of core concepts, significant controversies, and new directions. It serves to remind us that we labor in disciplinary isolation at our own peril, and that the synthesis of powerful ideas is particularly vital for intercultural work. The Handbook is just such an integration, offering expertise, insight, and resources for teaching and learning language and culture.' -- Janet M. Bennett, Ph. D, Executive Director, Intercultural Communication Institute, USA

'Jane Jackson has managed to assemble a multidisciplinary volume of amazing breadth. In a field as fragmented and contested as Intercultural Communication, the diversity and polyphony of research traditions, approaches and contexts brought together in this handbook is an impressive achievement.' -- Ingrid Piller, Macquarie University, Australia

Table of Contents

Introduction Jane Jackson

Section I: Foundations of Language and Intercultural Communication

  1. The history and development of the study of intercultural communication and applied linguistics Judith N. Martin, Thomas K. Nakayama and Donal Carbaugh
  2. Culture, communication, context and power Adrian Holliday
  3. Language, identity and intercultural communication Kimberly A. Noels, Tomoko Yashima and Rui Zhang
  4. Interculturality and intercultural pragmatics Istvan Kecskes
  5. Conceptualizing intercultural (communicative) competence and intercultural citizenship Michael Byram
  6. Section II: Core Themes and issues

    Culture and verbal/nonverbal communication and culture

  7. Linguaculture and transnationality: the cultural dimensions of language Karen Risager
  8. Intercultural rhetoric and intercultural communication Dwight Atkinson
  9. Nonverbal communication: The messages of emotion, action, space and silence David Matsumoto and Hyi-sung Hwang
  10. Speech acts, facework and politeness: Relationship-building across cultures Winnie Cheng
  11. Language, identity, and intercultural communication

  12. Gender, language, identity and intercultural communication Xingsong Shi and Juliet Langman
  13. Cultural identity, representation and Othering Fred Dervin
  14. Other-language learning, identity and intercultural communication in contexts of conflict Constadina Charalambous and Ben Rampton
  15. Intercultural contact, hybridity and third space Claire Kramsch and Michiko Uryu
  16. Understanding intercultural transitions: From adjustment to acculturation

  17. Beyond cultural categories: communication, adaptation and transformation Young Yun Kim
  18. Acculturating intergroup vitalities, accommodation and contact Howard Giles, Douglas Bonilla and Rebecca B. Speer
  19. Intercultural communicative competence: Multiple conceptual approaches

  20. Language: An essential component of intercultural communicative competence Alvino E. Fantini
  21. Understanding intercultural conflict competence: Multiple theoretical insights Stella Ting-Toomey
  22. The intercultural speaker and the acquisition of intercultural/global competence Jane Wilkinson
  23. World Englishes, intercultural communication and requisite competencies Farzad Sharifian
  24. Section III: Theory into practice: Towards intercultural (communicative) competence and citizenship

  25. An intercultural approach to second language education and citizenship Peih-ying Lu and John Corbett
  26. Intercultural communicative competence through telecollaboration Robert O’Dowd
  27. Critical language and intercultural communication pedagogy Manuela Guilherme
  28. Intercultural training in the global context Kathryn Sorrells
  29. Multiple strategies for assessing intercultural communicative competence Alvino E. Fantini
  30. Section IV: Language and Intercultural Communication in Context

  31. Second language teacher education Michael Kelly
  32. The English as a foreign or international language classroom Phyllis Ryan
  33. The multicultural classroom Jennifer Mahon and Ken Cushner
  34. Education abroad Jane Jackson
  35. Business and management education Prue Holmes
  36. Professional and workplace settings Martin Warren
  37. Translation, interpreting and intercultural communication Juliane House
  38. Culture and health care: Intergroup communication and its consequences Bernadette Watson, Cindy Gallois, David G. Hewett and Liz Jones
  39. Legal contexts Christoph A. Hafner
  40. Tourism Gavin Jack and Alison Phipps
  41. Section V: New Debates and future directions

  42. A global agenda for intercultural communication research and practice Malcolm N. MacDonald and John P. O'Regan


About the Editor

Jane Jackson is Professor of Applied English Linguistics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General