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Overview

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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"The book can be regarded as a recapitulation of results obtained in all former scholarly projects carried by its author. [It] is one if the best manuals of widely understood pragmatics and ethnolinguistics of human speech, the more so as the traditoinal grammars and handbooks of linguistics usually leave the ethnography of speech in the background of linguistics analyses."Tomasz Wicherkiewicz in: Linguistics and Oriental Studies from Poznan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783110177695
  • Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: Mouton Textbook Series
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. [with an new preface] 2003
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 502
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Wierzbicka is Professor at Australian National University, Canberra.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the second edition
Acknowledgements
Ch. 1 Introduction: semantics and pragmatics 1
Ch. 2 Different cultures, different languages, different speech acts 25
Ch. 3 Cross-cultural pragmatics and different cultural values 67
Ch. 4 Describing conversational routines 131
Ch. 5 Speech acts and speech genres across languages and cultures 149
Ch. 6 The semantics of illocutionary forces 197
Ch. 7 Italian reduplication: its meaning and its cultural significance 255
Ch. 8 Interjections across cultures 285
Ch. 9 Particles and illocutionary meanings 341
Ch. 10 Boys will be boys: even 'truisms' are culture-specific 391
Ch. 11 Conclusion: semantics as a key to cross-cultural pragmatics 453
Notes 457
Bibliography 461
Subject and name index 487
Index of words and phrases 497
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