Language at Work: Papers from the Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics Held at the University of Birmingham, September, 1997

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The 31st BAAL Annual Meeting, held in September 1997 at the University of Birmingham, had its theme Language at Work. The papers in this collection, although they relate to a wide variety of different contexts, all deal with people using language as part of their working life, and they are all concerned with how language functions to construct participant relationships and institutions. In short, these papers demonstrate how people at work make language work for them.
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Overview

The 31st BAAL Annual Meeting, held in September 1997 at the University of Birmingham, had its theme Language at Work. The papers in this collection, although they relate to a wide variety of different contexts, all deal with people using language as part of their working life, and they are all concerned with how language functions to construct participant relationships and institutions. In short, these papers demonstrate how people at work make language work for them.
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Contains selected papers from a September 1997 meeting, addressing both the language people use in their workplaces and the role of language in constructing participant relationships and institutions in the workplace. Subjects include translating across cultures, relational management in Chinese-British business meetings, language choice in scientific and linguistic talk, and translation as intercultural conflict. No index. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Introduction
1 Institutions, Writing and Talk in Environmental Discourse 1
2 Negotiating Training: Shifting participant frameworks in the workplace 14
3 Relational Management in Chinese-British Business Meetings 31
4 A Pragmatic Approach to Language Use at Work 47
5 Facework and Instructor Goals in the Step Aerobics Workout 56
6 Translating Across Cultures 72
7 Why Isn't Translation Impossible? 86
8 Translation as Intercultural Conflict 98
9 Insiders and Outsiders: Translating in a bilingual research project 109
10 Opening Lines of Questions from the Floor 123
11 Why Ask Questions in Monologue? Language choice at work in scientific and linguistic talk 137
12 Practice Into Theory: Catalysing change 151
Contributors 168
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