Intercultural Discourse and Communication: The EssentialReadings is a collection of articles that discuss majortheoretical approaches, case studies of cultural and sub-culturalcontact from around the globe, issues of identity in 'bicultural'individuals, and the 'real world' implications of interculturalcontact and conflict.
- Collects articles that describe and analyze discourse andcommunication in several channels, including spoken, written, andsigned.
- Considers various group organizations such asculture/subculture, gender, race/ethnicity, social class, age, andregion.
- Includes brief introductions to each section by the editorsthat explain main concepts.
- Contains discussion questions that enhance the book’svalue for courses.
About the Author
Scott F. Kiesling is Assistant Professor of Linguistics atthe University of Pittsburgh. His work on areas such as languageand gender, language and ethnicity/race, discourse analysis,sociolinguistic variation, and Australian English has beenpublished in Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Journalof Sociolinguistics, and various edited volumes.
Christina Bratt Paulston is Professor Emerita ofLinguistics at the University of Pittsburgh. She served as chair ofthe department from 1974 to 1989 and as director of the EnglishLanguage Institute from 1969 to 1998. Her numerous publicationsinclude Sociolinguistics: The Essential Readings (Blackwell2003, edited with G. Richard Tucker), Memories and Reflections:The Early Days of Sociolinguistics (1997, edited with G.Richard Tucker), and Sociolinguistic Perspectives on BilingualEducation (1992).
Table of Contents
Notes on Authors.
PART I: Approaches to Intercultural Discourse.
1. Models of the Interaction of Language and Social Life: Towarda Descriptive Theory (Dell Hymes).
2. Ethnography of Speaking: Toward a Linguistics of the Praxis(Alessandro Duranti).
3. Interethnic Communication (John J. Gumperz)'.
4. communicating in a Multilingual Society: Some MissedOpportunities (Rajendra Singh, Jayant Lele, and GitaMartohardjono).
5. Linguistic Etiquette (Gabriele Kasper).
6. Constructing Social Identity: A Language SocializationPerspective (Elinor Ochs).
7. Norms of Sociocultural Meaning in Language: Indexicality,Stance, and Cultural Models (Scott F. Kiesling).
PART II: Intercultural Communication: Case Studies.
8. Why Tell Stories? Contrasting Themes and Identities in theNarratives of Maori and Pakeha Women and Men (Janet Holmes).
9. New York Jewish Conversational Style (Deborah Tannen).
10. Swedishness as an Obstacle in Cross-Cultural Interaction(Ake Daun).
11. The Presence and Absence of Speech in the Communication ofGender (Penelope Harvey).
12. Hearing What's Not Said and Missing What Is: Black Languagein White Public Space (H. Samy Alim).
13. Pronouns of Address in Swedish: Social Class Semantics and aChanging System (Christina Bratt Paulston).
14. Off-Record Indirectness and the Notion of Imposition (MariaSifianou).
15. Cultural Differences in Framing: American and Japanese GroupDiscussions (Suwako Watanabe).
PART III: Cultural Contact: Issues of Identity.
16. Learning Language/ Learning Self (Karen Ogulnick).
17. The Language of Multiple Identities among DominicanAmericans (Benjamin Bailey).
18. Biculturalism: Some Reflections and Speculations (ChristinaBratt Paulston).
Discussion Questions. .
PART IV: Implications.
19. A Comparison of Indian and Anglo Communicative Behavior inClassroom Interaction (Susan U. Philips).
20. Beyond Difference and Domination? InterculturalCommunication in Legal Contexts (Diana Eades).
What People are Saying About This
“After twenty-five years teaching cross-cultural communication using a reading packet I put together myself, at last here is a Reader that I feel I can use. Kiesling and Paulston have assembled a rich collection of essays spanning a broad range of cultural contexts representing an anthropological/sociolinguistic approach to intercultural discourse.” Deborah Tannen, GeorgetownUniversity
“The subtitle The Essential Readings aptly describes this collection. It provides a convenient source of classic primary texts for graduate courses in cross-cultural communication, as well as for personal professional libraries. The organization of articles as foundational/ theoretical works, case studies, cultural content and identity pieces, and applications to ‘real-world’ problems makes this Reader highly adaptable for diverse foci of interest within interactional sociolinguistics.” Muriel Saville-Troike, University of Arizona
"A significant resource for both undergraduate and graduate students studying sociolinguistics, communication, social anthropology, and social psychology." Journal of Sociolinguistics
“As a collection, this volume will definitely be of interest to researchers, instructors, and students of intercultural communication…Kiesling and Paulston have successfully met the challenge of deciding what to include. The selection and especially the sequencing of the work is well motivated…Care has been taken to include essays that concentrate on presenting issues from the perspective of speakers from a less dominant group.” The Linguist List
"This book offers foundational and new theoretical readings, as well as case studies of cultural and sub-cultural contact and conflicts in the 'real world'." Pragmatics