Culturally Speaking

Culturally Speaking : Culture, Communication and Politeness Theory

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This is an updated second edition of the comprehensive introduction to intercultural pragmatics, providing essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students.This comprehensive introduction to intercultural pragmatics examines the theoretical, methodological and practical issues in the analysis of talk across cultures.The book includes: an introduction to the key issues in culture and communication; an examination of cross-cultural and intercultural communication; empirical case studies from a variety of languages, including German, Greek, Japanese and Chinese; practical chapters on pragmatics research, recording and analysing data, and projects in intercultural pragmatics; exercises at the end of each chapter; and, a glossary of termsThis second edition of "Culturally Speaking" will be an essential guide for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and researchers interested in communication across cultures.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 169 x 244 x 22.86mm | 807.39g
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0826493106
  • 9780826493101
  • 270,327

Table of contents

Figures; Tables; Contributors; Acknowledgements; Transcription Conventions; 1. Introduction, Helen Spencer-Oatey (University of Warwick, UK); I: Basic Concepts; Editor's Introduction; 2. Face, (Im) Politeness and Rapport, Helen Spencer-Oatey (University of Warwick, UK); 3. Culture and Communication, Vladimir|egarac (University of Bedfordshire, UK); II: Cross-cultural Pragmatics: Empirical Studies; Editor's Introduction; 4. Apologies in Japanese and English, Noriko Tanaka, Helen Spencer-Oatey and Ellen Cray (University of Warwick, UK, Carleton University, Canada and Meikai University, Japan); 5. British and Chinese Reactions to Compliment Responses, Helen Spencer-Oatey, Patrick Ng and Li Dong (University of Warwick, UK, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China and Translation Institute of Beijing Foreign Studies University, China); 6. Interactional Work in Greek and German Telephone Conversations, Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece); Suggestions for Further Reading for Part II; III: Processes in Intercultural Interaction; Editor's Introduction; 7.Pragmatic Transfer, Vladimir|egarac and Martha C. Pennington (University of Bedfordshire, UK and Georgia Southern University, USA); 8.Communication Accommodation Theory, Virpi Ylanne (Cardiff University, UK); 9. Adaptation and Identity, Martin FougAre (Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki, Finland). IV: Intercultural Pragmatics: Empirical Studies; Editor's Introduction; 10. Negotiating Rapport in German - Chinese Conversation, Susanne Gunthner (Westfalische Wilhelms-University in Munster, Germany); 11. Negative Assessments in Japanese - American Workplace Interaction, Laura Miller (Loyola University Chicago, USA) 12. Impression Management in 'Intercultural' German Job Interviews, Karin Birkner and Friederike Kern (University of Freiburg, Germany and University of Potsdam, Germany); 13. Issues of Face in a Chinese Business Visit to Britain, Helen Spencer-Oatey and Jianyu Xing (University of Warwick, UK and University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China) Suggestions for Further Reading for Part IV; V: Methodology; Editor's Introduction; 14. Data Collection in Pragmatics Research, Gabriele Kasper (University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA); 15. Recording and Analysing Talk across Cultures, Meredith Marra (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand); 16. Projects, Helen Spencer-Oatey (University of Warwick, UK); References; Index.
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A comprehensive introduction to cross-cultural and intercultural pragmatics for undergraduate and postgraduate students edited by Helen Spencer-Oatey ...The final section on methodology deserves special mention as it includes three practical and most useful chapters introducing students to the wide range of research methods and data-collection techniques in pragmatics research, the recording and analysis of data, and projects in intercultural pragmatics--The Year's Work In English Studies This volume valuably extends Helen Spencer-Oatey's well-known contribution to our understanding of rapport management and relational work in different cultural contexts. Those teaching and researching cross-cultural and inter-cultural pragmatics will warmly welcome this scholarly yet accessible book which draws on a diverse range of contexts, communities and countries to address and illustrate issues of theory, method and evidence.--Sanford Lakoff The analyses of pieces of intercultural communication make this book interesting and lively, while still retaining an academic perspective on the subject. This book is suitable for students and researchers of both intercultural communication and pragmatics alike. Culturally Speaking enables people to find out about and explain potential problems and pitfalls in intercultural interaction, thus providing guidelines for a better and more effective interaction across cultures.--Sanford Lakoff "Helen Spencer-Oatey is a formative thinker in the field of inter-cultural pragmatics, and this revised edition of her introductory book provides an accessible overview of the discipline... an impressive collection" Journal for the Study of the New Testament Booklist 2009--Sanford Lakoff "Journal for the Study of the New Testament "
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About Helen Spencer-Oatey

Dr Helen Spencer-Oatey is the Director of the Centre for English Language Teacher Education at the University of Warwick, UK.
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