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Title: Intercultural Conversation
Written By: Winnie Cheng
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 118

This innovative study of naturally-occurring English conversations between Hong Kong Chinese and their native English friends and colleagues makes a worthwhile contribution to the research literature on intercultural conversation. Through analyzing dyadic intercultural conversations, the study investigates the ways in which culturally divergent conversationalists manage their organizational and interpersonal aspects of the unfolding conversations. The study focuses on five features of conversational interaction - disagreements, compliments and compliment responses, simultaneous talk, discourse topic management and discourse information structure - where cultural values and attitudes are particularly evident. For each of the features, hypotheses are formulated and tested through the detailed analysis of twenty-five intercultural conversations. This quantitative analysis is then followed by qualitative analysis of excerpts from the conversations to show the ways in which conversational interaction is performed and negotiated. The study shows in very revealing ways that intercultural conversations involve a complex, interactive and collaborative process of communication between the participants.

Table of contents

List of figures and tables ix
Acknowledgements xi
Transcription notation xii
1. Communication across cultures 1-16
3. Research methodology and data collection 57-64
5. Compliments and compliment responses 95-117
6. Simultaneous talk 119-146
8. Discourse information structure 193-229
9. Conclusion 231-241
Authors index 265-269

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588114651
ISBN-13: 9781588114655
Pages: xii, 279 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 149
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027253609
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xii, 279 pp.
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00