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Thomas, Jenny. 1984. Cross-cultural discourse as 'unequal encounter': Towards a pragmatic analysis. Applied Linguistics 5 (3) : 226–235.
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An attempt to demonstrate that one reason for non-native speakers sometimes appearing inappropriately domineering or authoritarian in interactions with English-speaking 'equals' is that they are inadvertently employing as 'communication strategies' certain linguistic features which, for the native speaker, tend to be inextricably linked with the language of unequal encounters.