The Languages of Business

The Languages of Business : An International Perspective

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What do real people around the world actually say when they meet for business purposes? This book explores how people around the world, speaking different languages, accomplish business. It explores the cultural assumptions underlying a variety of task-oriented verbal interactions - from a simple book purchase to a complex bargaining session. The languages covered include varieties of English (British, American and Australian) used in inter-cultural settings - such as American and Japanese, or Australian and Korean/Vietnamese Japanese - and other languages such as German, Spanish, Italian, and Brazilian Portuguese as used in intra-cultural situations.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 149.9 x 226.1 x 22.9mm | 272.16g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748608338
  • 9780748608331

Table of contents

Styles in contrast - American and Japanese business discourse, H. Yamada; outcomes of language and cultural contact - Australian and Japanese business interaction, H. Marriott; the Asian connection - business requests and acknowledgements, J. Mulholland; interruptive behaviour in Chinese-European business negotiations, M. Li and J. Ulijn; lexical landscaping in Brazilian and British business meetings, H. Collins and M. Scott; humour as a strategy in Spanish and Scandinavian business negotiations, A. Grinstead; requests in German-Norwegien business discourse - an analytical model, I. Neumann; managing discouse - British and Italian corporate meetings, F. Bargiela and S. Harris; comparing service encounters in English and Italian - a multiparty discourse perspective, L. Gavioli; languages with languages - a social constructionist perspective in multiple managerial discourses, T. Watson.show more

Review quote

The nine exploratory contributions to this compilation have one more characteristic in common. All of them end with a section of Practical Tips in which the authors present some of the more important cultural or business features that the practitioner has to take into account. Strange as this may seem in a scientific reader on linguistic aspects of business encounters, it provides this edition with something extra over the average textbook. -- J Piet Verckens The nine exploratory contributions to this compilation have one more characteristic in common. All of them end with a section of Practical Tips in which the authors present some of the more important cultural or business features that the practitioner has to take into account. Strange as this may seem in a scientific reader on linguistic aspects of business encounters, it provides this edition with something extra over the average textbook.show more

About Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini

Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini has published widely on business discourse. She is currently working as an independent researcher. Professor Emeritus, Nottingham Trent Universityshow more