Crosstalk and Culture in Sino-American Communication

Crosstalk and Culture in Sino-American Communication

by Linda W. L. Young
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521416191

ISBN-13: 9780521416191

Pub. Date: 03/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Chinese and Americans often unwittingly communicate at cross-purposes because they are misled by the cultural trappings of talk. This book aims to clarify their misunderstandings by tracing the development of Chinese communicative strategies from Confucius to the boardrooms and streets of Hong Kong. Its formal analysis of taped interchanges and in-depth interviews

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Overview

Chinese and Americans often unwittingly communicate at cross-purposes because they are misled by the cultural trappings of talk. This book aims to clarify their misunderstandings by tracing the development of Chinese communicative strategies from Confucius to the boardrooms and streets of Hong Kong. Its formal analysis of taped interchanges and in-depth interviews reveals Chinese speakers' distinctive ways of communicating and relating, thus highlighting the pitfalls of hidden assumptions underlying talk.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521416191
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Series:
Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics Series, #10
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by John J. Gumperz; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. The Ps and cues of Chinese inscrutability; 2. Deceptive cause; 3. Missing links; 4. Backforwardly speaking; 5. Effacing talk; 6. Mistaking turns; 7. Parting words; References; Indexes.

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