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Intercultural Discourse and Communication: The Essential Readings

ISBN: 978-0-631-23543-9
352 pages
September 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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Intercultural Discourse and Communication: The Essential Readings is a collection of articles that discuss major theoretical approaches, case studies of cultural and sub-cultural contact from around the globe, issues of identity in 'bicultural' individuals, and the 'real world' implications of intercultural contact and conflict.

  • Collects articles that describe and analyze discourse and communication in several channels, including spoken, written, and signed.
  • Considers various group organizations such as culture/subculture, gender, race/ethnicity, social class, age, and region.
  • Includes brief introductions to each section by the editors that explain main concepts.
  • Contains discussion questions that enhance the book’s value for courses.
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Notes on Authors.

Preface.

Acknowledgements..

PART I: Approaches to Intercultural Discourse.

Introduction.

1. Models of the Interaction of Language and Social Life: Toward a Descriptive Theory (Dell Hymes).

2. Ethnography of Speaking: Toward a Linguistics of the Praxis (Alessandro Duranti).

3. Interethnic Communication (John J. Gumperz)'.

4. communicating in a Multilingual Society: Some Missed Opportunities (Rajendra Singh, Jayant Lele, and Gita Martohardjono).

5. Linguistic Etiquette (Gabriele Kasper).

6. Constructing Social Identity: A Language Socialization Perspective (Elinor Ochs).

7. Norms of Sociocultural Meaning in Language: Indexicality, Stance, and Cultural Models (Scott F. Kiesling).

Discussion Questions..

PART II: Intercultural Communication: Case Studies.

Introduction.

8. Why Tell Stories? Contrasting Themes and Identities in the Narratives of Maori and Pakeha Women and Men (Janet Holmes).

9. New York Jewish Conversational Style (Deborah Tannen).

10. Swedishness as an Obstacle in Cross-Cultural Interaction (Ake Daun).

11. The Presence and Absence of Speech in the Communication of Gender (Penelope Harvey).

12. Hearing What's Not Said and Missing What Is: Black Language in White Public Space (H. Samy Alim).

13. Pronouns of Address in Swedish: Social Class Semantics and a Changing System (Christina Bratt Paulston).

14. Off-Record Indirectness and the Notion of Imposition (Maria Sifianou).

15. Cultural Differences in Framing: American and Japanese Group Discussions (Suwako Watanabe).

PART III: Cultural Contact: Issues of Identity.

Introduction.

16. Learning Language/ Learning Self (Karen Ogulnick).

17. The Language of Multiple Identities among Dominican Americans (Benjamin Bailey).

18. Biculturalism: Some Reflections and Speculations (Christina Bratt Paulston).

Discussion Questions. .

PART IV: Implications.

Introduction.

19. A Comparison of Indian and Anglo Communicative Behavior in Classroom Interaction (Susan U. Philips).

20. Beyond Difference and Domination? Intercultural Communication in Legal Contexts (Diana Eades).

Discussion Questions.

Index.

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Scott F. Kiesling is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh. His work on areas such as language and gender, language and ethnicity/race, discourse analysis, sociolinguistic variation, and Australian English has been published in Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Journal of Sociolinguistics, and various edited volumes.


Christina Bratt Paulston is Professor Emerita of Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh. She served as chair of the department from 1974 to 1989 and as director of the English Language Institute from 1969 to 1998. Her numerous publications include Sociolinguistics: The Essential Readings (Blackwell 2003, edited with G. Richard Tucker), Memories and Reflections: The Early Days of Sociolinguistics (1997, edited with G. Richard Tucker), and Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Bilingual Education (1992).

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  • Collects articles that describe and analyze discourse and communication in several channels, including spoken, written, and signed.
  • Considers various group organizations such as culture/subculture, gender, race/ethnicity, social class, age, and region.
  • Includes brief introductions to each section by the editors that explain main concepts.
  • Contains discussion questions that enhance the book’s value for courses.
See More
“After twenty-five years teaching cross-cultural communication using a reading packet I put together myself, at last here is a Reader that I feel I can use. Kiesling and Paulston have assembled a rich collection of essays spanning a broad range of cultural contexts representing an anthropological/sociolinguistic approach to intercultural discourse.” Deborah Tannen, GeorgetownUniversity


“The subtitle The Essential Readings aptly describes this collection. It provides a convenient source of classic primary texts for graduate courses in cross-cultural communication, as well as for personal professional libraries. The organization of articles as foundational/ theoretical works, case studies, cultural content and identity pieces, and applications to ‘real-world’ problems makes this Reader highly adaptable for diverse foci of interest within interactional sociolinguistics.” Muriel Saville-Troike, University of Arizona

"A significant resource for both undergraduate and graduate students studying sociolinguistics, communication, social anthropology, and social psychology." Journal of Sociolinguistics

“As a collection, this volume will definitely be of interest to researchers, instructors, and students of intercultural communication…Kiesling and Paulston have successfully met the challenge of deciding what to include. The selection and especially the sequencing of the work is well motivated…Care has been taken to include essays that concentrate on presenting issues from the perspective of speakers from a less dominant group.” The Linguist List

"This book offers foundational and new theoretical readings, as well as case studies of cultural and sub-cultural contact and conflicts in the 'real world'." Pragmatics

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