Cross-Cultural Pragmatics / Edition 2

Cross-Cultural Pragmatics / Edition 2

by Anna Wierzbicka
     
 

ISBN-10: 3110177692

ISBN-13: 9783110177695

Pub. Date: 03/01/2003

Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter

This book challenges the approaches to human interaction based on supposedly universal 'maxims of conversation' and 'principles of politeness,' which fly in the face of reality as experienced by millions of people crossing language boundaries (refugees, immigrants, etc.) and which cannot help in the practical tasks of cross-cultural communication and education. In

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This book challenges the approaches to human interaction based on supposedly universal 'maxims of conversation' and 'principles of politeness,' which fly in the face of reality as experienced by millions of people crossing language boundaries (refugees, immigrants, etc.) and which cannot help in the practical tasks of cross-cultural communication and education. In contrast to such approaches, this book is both theoretical and practical: it shows that in different societies, norms of human interaction are different and reflect different cultural attitudes and values; and it offers a framework within which different cultural norms and different ways of speaking can be effectively explored, explained, and taught.

The book discusses data from a wide range of languages and it shows that the meanings expressed in human interaction and the different 'cultural scripts' prevailing in different speech communities can be clearly and intelligibly described and compared by using a 'natural semantic metalanguage,' based on empirically established universal human concepts. As the book shows, this metalanguage can be used as a basis for teaching successful cross-cultural communication, including the teaching of languages in a cultural context.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783110177695
Publisher:
Mouton de Gruyter
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Series:
Mouton Textbook Series
Edition description:
2nd ed. [with an new preface] 2003
Pages:
502
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction to the second edition
Acknowledgements
Ch. 1Introduction: semantics and pragmatics1
Ch. 2Different cultures, different languages, different speech acts25
Ch. 3Cross-cultural pragmatics and different cultural values67
Ch. 4Describing conversational routines131
Ch. 5Speech acts and speech genres across languages and cultures149
Ch. 6The semantics of illocutionary forces197
Ch. 7Italian reduplication: its meaning and its cultural significance255
Ch. 8Interjections across cultures285
Ch. 9Particles and illocutionary meanings341
Ch. 10Boys will be boys: even 'truisms' are culture-specific391
Ch. 11Conclusion: semantics as a key to cross-cultural pragmatics453
Notes457
Bibliography461
Subject and name index487
Index of words and phrases497

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