Language Inequality and Distortion in Intercultural Communication

A Critical Theory Approach

ISBN 9789027225573 (Eur) | EUR 68.00
ISBN 9781556190087 (USA) | USD 102.00
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This study sheds light on the problem of communicative inequality, neglected both by linguists and communication scholars, among speakers of different languages. It provides a four-step Critical Theory analysis of language-based inequality and distortion between speakers of a few dominant languages, especially English, and speakers of minority languages in the context of international and intercultural communication. Based on a theoretical framework of “Distorted Communication” developed by J. Habermas and C. Müller, the analysis focuses on a critical description, definition, and interpretation of “Distorted Intercultural Communication”, and exposes the ideology that legitimates linguistic inequality and distortion in communication.
[Pragmatics & Beyond, VII:7]  1986.  xi, 97 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of Tables
List of Figures
1. Critical Theory Approach to Language Inequalities
1.1 Critical theory and scientific inquiries
1.2 A critique of the positivist approach
1.3 Critical theory
1.4 A critical theory approach to language inequalities
2 Language Inequality in Distorted Intercultural Communication
2.1 Distorted communication
2.2 Distorted intercultural communication
2.3 Summary
3. The Ideology of Civilization and Western Domination
3.1 The critique of ideology
3.2 The genesis of the ideology of “civilization”
3.3 Expansion of the Western “civilization”
3.4 Structural domination of the Western “civilization”
3.5 Summary
4. Conclusion
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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