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Title: Crosstalk and Culture in Sino-American Communication
Written By: Linda W. L. Young
Series Title: Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics, 10
Description:

Chinese and Americans often unwittingly communicate at cross purposes
because they are misled by the cultural trappings of talk. This book aims
to clarify their misunderstandings by examining their different ideals and
strategies of talk. It draws on cultural, philosophical, and linguistic
insights and traces the development of Chinese communicative strategies
from Confucius through the 'eight-legged essay' to the boardrooms and
streets of Hong Kong. Its formal analysis of taped interchanges and
in-depth interviews reveals Chinese speakers' distinctive ways of
communicating and relating. Crosstalk and Culture in Sino-American
Communication will alert people to the pitfalls of cultural
misunderstandings and the hidden assumptions and expectations
underlying talk.

"...[the book] has much to offer our understanding of intercultural
communication....Young speaks eloquently on the cultural trappings of talk.
Her work is an insightful reference for those interested in cross-cultural
East-West communication Quarterly Journal of Speech

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
English
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521024072
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 239
Prices: U.K. £ 19.99
U.S. $ 34.99