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Understanding Intercultural Communication

Negotiating a Grammar of Culture

By Adrian Holliday

© 2013 – Routledge

188 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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In this book, Adrian Holliday provides a practical framework to help students analyse intercultural communication. Underpinned by a new grammar of culture developed by Holliday, this book will incorporate examples and activities to enable students and professionals to investigate culture on very new, entirely non-essentialist lines. This book will address key issues in intercultural communication including:

    • the positive contribution of people from diverse cultural backgrounds
    • the politics of Self and Other which promote negative stereotyping
    • the basis for a bottom-up approach to globalization in which Periphery cultural realities can gain voice and ownership

Written by a key researcher in the field, this book presents cutting edge research and a framework for analysis which will make it essential reading for upper undergraduate and postgraduate students studying intercultural communication and professionals in the field.


"Through extending his seminal notion of ‘small cultures’ to a much grander ‘grammar of culture’, this is much more than a textbook in intercultural communication. Lucidly written and illustrated by fine-grained personal vignettes, Holliday provides a refreshing synthesis of culture and the intercultural which will both engage interested readers, and illuminate experienced researchers." - Malcolm N. MacDonald, University of Warwick, UK

"Understanding Intercultural Communication is essentially a textbook aimed at helping students analyze cultural interactions from non-essentialist perspectives. The process is supported by ethnographic narratives within the text and by a variety of online access tools and activities." - George F. Simons, Founder of www.diversophy.com

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The grammar of culture

Chapter 2: Cultural practices

Chapter 3: Investigating culture

Chapter 4: Constructing culture

Chapter 5: Dialogue with structure

Chapter 6: Historical narratives

Chapter 7: Discourses of culture

Chapter 8: Prejudice

Chapter 9: Cultural Travel and Innovation

Chapter 10: Epilogue: Theoretical Perspective

About the Author

Adrian Holliday is a Professor of Applied Linguistics at Canterbury Christ Church University in the Department of Language Studies where he co-ordinates doctoral research in international English language education and intercultural issues. He is also Head of the Graduate School and Research Office and directs the University research degrees programme. He has published numerous works which generally concern the role of culture in international settings in the teaching of English.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General


Grammar of Culture Supplement

This PDF should be used as a quick reference throughout the book. The figure is introduced in Chapter 1 and then becomes the basis of the whole book. On almost every page aspects of the grammar are referred to in bold. Seeing how these references first into the whole grammar will help to see how they relate to each other. This interconnection is a key focus of the book.

Ethnographic narrative

This PDF contains guidelines for writing ethnographic narratives, which is introduced towards the end of Chapter 3. Writing such narratives can be introduced as an extra activity at the end of each chapter.