2nd Edition

Understanding Intercultural Communication Negotiating a Grammar of Culture

By Adrian Holliday Copyright 2019
    208 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Understanding Intercultural Communication provides a practical framework to help readers to understand intercultural communication and to solve intercultural problems. Each chapter exemplifies the everyday intercultural through ethnographic narratives in which people make sense of each other in home, work and study locations. Underpinned by a grammar of culture developed by the author, this book addresses 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 de-centred approach to globalisation in which periphery cultural realities can gain voice and ownership.

    Written by a leading researcher in the field, the new edition of this important text has been revised to invite the reader to reflect and develop their own intercultural and research strategies, and updated to include new ideas that have emerged in Holliday’s own work and elsewhere. This book is a key resource for academics, students and practitioners in intercultural communication and related fields.

    List of figures


    The grammar of culture and reconstructed ethnographic narratives


    Further reference



    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: Grand narratives of nation and history

    Chapter 7: Discourses of culture

    Chapter 8: Prejudice

    Chapter 9: Cultural travel and innovation





    Adrian Holliday is Professor of Applied Linguistics & Intercultural Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.

    'This extensively revised second edition reprises Holliday’s ground-breaking approach to understanding intercultural communication. Recast in pellucid prose, its wide-ranging grammar of culture remains grounded in acutely observed accounts of personal interaction. Each chapter is now enhanced with a comprehensive, yet synoptic, bang-up-to-date guide to related literature.'

    Malcolm N. MacDonald, University of Warwick, UK


    'This revised edition of Adrian Holliday’s landmark publication, Understanding Intercultural Communication: Negotiating a Grammar of Culture, develops anew his paradigm-shifting concepts of interculturality and discourses of culture through reflective involvement on the part of the reader. The book will certainly have a galvanizing influence on the study of intercultural communication and language education.'

    Iga Lehman, University of Social Sciences, Warsaw, Poland