Winnie Cheng | The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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This innovative study of naturally-occurring English conversations between Hong Kong Chinese and their native English friends and colleagues makes a worthwhile contribution to the research literature on intercultural conversation. Through analyzing dyadic intercultural conversations, the study investigates the ways in which culturally divergent conversationalists manage their organizational and interpersonal aspects of the unfolding conversations. The study focuses on five features of conversational interaction — disagreements, compliments and compliment responses, simultaneous talk, discourse topic management and discourse information structure — where cultural values and attitudes are particularly evident. For each of the features, hypotheses are formulated and tested through the detailed analysis of twenty-five intercultural conversations. This quantitative analysis is then followed by qualitative analysis of excerpts from the conversations to show the ways in which conversational interaction is performed and negotiated. The study shows in very revealing ways that intercultural conversations involve a complex, interactive and collaborative process of communication between the participants.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 118] 2003. xii, 279 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
List of figures and tables | p. ix
Acknowledgements | p. xi
Transcription notation | p. xii
1. Communication across cultures | pp. 1–16
2. Literature review and descriptive framework | pp. 17–56
3. Research methodology and data collection | pp. 57–64
4. Preference organization | pp. 65–93
5. Compliments and compliment responses | pp. 95–117
6. Simultaneous talk | pp. 119–146
7. Discourse topic management | pp. 147–191
8. Discourse information structure | pp. 193–229
9. Conclusion | pp. 231–241
Authors index | pp. 265–269
Subject index | pp. 271–274
“Winnie Cheng has made a unique contribution to discourse analysis and intercultural studies by presenting a well-grounded research on the intercultural conversation between HKC and NES and offering valuable data and insights as well as exemplary approaches to future studies in likewise areas.”
Song Li, Harbin Institut of Technology, China, on Linguist List Vol. 15-2056
“With its positive intercultural approach, this book will be of interest to a wide readership including discourse analysts, practitioners in language and communication, ESL educators and learners, cross-cultural consultants, employees and managers in international business. [...] Cheng undoubtedly proposes a sound approach to studying intercultural conversation, which will benefit our continued exploration of descriptive frameworks for the study of language and intercultural communication.”
Yunxia Zhu, The University of Queensland, Australia, in the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication Vol. 16:1 (2006)
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Main BIC Subject
CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General