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Academic Paper

Title: Reassessment of Intercultural Competence: Code-Switching and Silence
Author: Yoichi Sato
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Institution: Meisei University
Linguistic Field: Discourse Analysis
Subject Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Abstract: Recently, as non-Japanese residence increases and Japanese culture becomes more diversified, the issue of plurilingualism and intercultural communication becomes more indispensable. Accordingly, the possibility for Japanese to encounter intercultural communication even in domestic settings is getting higher./L/This paper investigates intercultural communication between Japanese and Chinese, particularly their interactions outside their classroom activities, by longitudinally observing a focus group of Chinese learners at Meisei University as a participant observer. The focus of this study is upon code-switching and silence, which have been conventionally considered to represent some communication failure in intercultural communication. However, it has been discovered that they can be viewed slightly differently from sociolinguistic perspectives. Therefore, this paper attempts to view code-switching and silence occurring in intercultural communication as manifestation of facework and politeness strategies. It, then, demonstrates some empirical qualitative data analyses based on the sociolinguistic theoretical framework. As its research methodology, this study employed an ethnographic approach expanded to include talk-based-routines as its study basis. In doing so, multiple data collection methods were also employed to take a holistic approach that enables to capture the complexity of reality.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Proceedings of TUJ Applied Linguistics Colloquium 2009, 188-198
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