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Title: Beyond Misunderstanding
Subtitle: Linguistic analyses of intercultural communication
Edited By: Kristin Bührig
Jan D. ten Thije
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 144

This book challenges two tacit presumptions in the field of intercultural
communication research. Firstly, misunderstandings can frequently be found
in intercultural communication, although, one could not claim that
intercultural communication is constituted by misunderstandings alone. This
volume shows how new perspectives on linguistic analyses of intercultural
communication go beyond the analysis of misunderstanding. Secondly,
intercultural communication is not solely constituted by the fact that
individuals from different cultural groups interact. Each contribution of
this volume analyses to what extent instances of discourse are
institutionally and/or interculturally determined. These linguistic
reflections involve different theoretical frameworks, e.g. functional
grammar, systemic functional linguistics, functional pragmatics, rhetorical
conversation analysis, ethno-methodological conversation analysis,
linguistic an­thro­­pology and a critical discourse approach.

As the contributions focus on the discourse of genetic counseling,
gate-keeping discourse, international team co-operation, international
business communication, workplace discourse, internet communication, and
lamentation discourse, the book exemplifies that the analysis of
intercultural communication is organized in response to social needs and,
therefore, may contribute to the social justification of linguistics.

Table of contents

Beyond Misunderstanding - Introduction
Jan D. ten Thije 1–8

Part one: Basic assumptions of the linguistic reconstruction of
intercultural communication
Multilingual repertoires and the consequences for linguistic theory
Georges Lüdi 11–42

The cultural apparatus: Thoughts on the relationship between language,
culture, and society
Jochen Rehbein 43–96

The notions of perspective and perspectivising in intercultural
communication research
Jan D. ten Thije 97–151

Part two: Interactive analyses of intercultural discourse

Perspectives in conflict: An analysis of German-German conversations
Grit Liebscher 155–174

Beyond 'misunderstandings' and 'cultural stereotypes': Analysing
intercultural communication
Jennifer Hartog 175–188

Intercultural communication in institutional counselling sessions
Martina Rost-Roth 189–215

Ethnic and social groups and their linguistic categorization
Dennis Day 217–244

"How are you?" "I'm hot": An interactive analysis of small talk sequences
in British-German telephone sales
Claudia Bubel 245–259

Where do 'we' it in? Linguistic inclusion and exclusion in a virtual community
Lise Fontaine 261–288

Communicating affect in intercultural lamentations in Caucasian Georgia
Helga Kotthoff 289–311

Beyond competence: A multiculturalist approach to intercultural communication
Xu Shi 313–330

Authors of Beyond Misunderstanding 331–334

Index 335–339

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027253870
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 339
Prices: Europe EURO 115.00
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