Written Communication across Cultures

A sociocognitive perspective on business genres

| University of Queensland, Australia
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Winner of ABC's award for Distinguished Publication for 2006

This book explores effective written communication across cultures both theoretically and practically. Specifically it conceptualizes cross-cultural genre study and compares English and Chinese business writing collected from Australia, New Zealand and China. It is also one of those inspired by contrastive rhetoric but has contributed innovatively and uniquely by incorporating research findings from genre analysis, in particular, the sociocognitive genre perspective into this cross-cultural study.

On the one hand, the endeavor represents an in-depth theoretical exploration by considering not only discourse community and cognitive structuring, but also the deep semantics of genre and intertextuality, while broadening genre study by integrating insights from cross-cultural communication as well as the Chinese perspectives. On the other hand, the book also addresses pragmatic issues. As a particular feature, it solicits professional members’ intercultural viewpoints; thus confirming the shared social "stock of knowledge" employed in the culturally defined writing conventions.

Last but not least, this book explores the implications for genre education and training, and develops an appropriate model for cross-cultural genre learning, which encourages learning through legitimate peripheral participation and intercultural learning in business organizations.

[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 141]  2005.  xviii, 216 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of figures
xi
List of tables
xiii
Notation conventions
xv
Preface
xvii–xviii
1. Introduction and outline
1–7
2. Communication across cultures
9–25
3. Conceptual framework: A dual perspective
27–60
4. Research design
61–69
5. Comparing English and Chinese sales letters
71–99
6. Comparing English and Chinese sales invitations
101–122
7. Comparing English and Chinese business faxes
123–154
8. Cross-Cultural genre teaching: Actions and implications
155–176
9. Summaries and conclusions
177–188
References
189–202
Appendices
203–208
Name index
209–211
Subject Index
213–215
“Zhu Yunxia's book is a high-level scholarly work, which is a must for every reader who is interested in the research of Chinese business communication and intercultural issues.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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