Intercultural Conversation

| 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
Table of Contents
List of figures and tables
ix
Acknowledgements
xi
Transcription notation
xii
1. Communication across cultures
1–16
2. Literature review and descriptive framework
17–56
3. Research methodology and data collection
57–64
4. Preference organization
65–93
5. Compliments and compliment responses
95–117
6. Simultaneous talk
119–146
7. Discourse topic management
147–191
8. Discourse information structure
193–229
9. Conclusion
231–241
References
243–263
Authors index
265–269
Subject index
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.”
“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.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2003062996