Directness and Indirectness Across Cultures

Author: Sara Mills
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137340398
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This book analyses the complex relationship between directness, indirectness, politeness and impoliteness. Definitions of directness and indirectness are discussed and problematised from a discursive theoretical perspective.

Politeness in Mexico and the United States

Author: J. César Félix-Brasdefer
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
ISBN: 9027291446
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book explores the issue of politeness phenomena and socially appropriate behavior in two societies, Mexico and the United States, in three different contexts: refusing invitations, requests, and suggestions. In addition to a state-of-the-art review of the speech act of refusals in numerous languages, the book provides a rigorous analysis of data collection methods utilized to examine speech act behavior at the production and perception levels. Many examples of native speaker interactions illustrate the similarities and differences observed in the realization patterns and the perception of refusals by Mexicans and Americans in formal and informal situations. The data are analyzed in terms of refusal sequences and pragmatic strategies which are strategically used to carry out relational work during the negotiation of face. The results of the quantitative and qualitative analyses are interpreted in light of the notions of face, politeness, and relational work in Mexico and the United States. This publication will be of interest to researchers and students in pragmatics and discourse analysis, cross-cultural communication, and sociology.

The Culture Map INTL ED

Author: Erin Meyer
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 1610396715
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Whether you work in a home office or abroad, business success in our ever more globalized and virtual world requires the skills to navigate through cultural differences and decode cultures foreign to your own. Renowned expert Erin Meyer is your guide through this subtle, sometimes treacherous terrain where people from starkly different backgrounds are expected to work harmoniously together. When you have Americans who precede anything negative with three nice comments; French, Dutch, Israelis, and Germans who get straight to the point (“your presentation was simply awful”); Latin Americans and Asians who are steeped in hierarchy; Scandinavians who think the best boss is just one of the crowd—the result can be, well, sometimes interesting, even funny, but often disastrous. Even with English as a global language, it's easy to fall into cultural traps that endanger careers and sink deals when, say, a Brazilian manager tries to fathom how his Chinese suppliers really get things done, or an American team leader tries to get a handle on the intra-team dynamics between his Russian and Indian team members. In The Culture Map, Erin Meyer provides a field-tested model for decoding how cultural differences impact international business. She combines a smart analytical framework with practical, actionable advice for succeeding in a global world.

Culturally Speaking

Author: Helen Spencer-Oatey
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780826466365
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Using the theory of "politeness" as a springboard, Culturally Speaking develops a new framework for analyzing interactions. The book examines both comparative and interactive aspects of cross-cultural communication through a variety of disciplines, theories, and empirical data. Anyone interested in exploring intercultural communication will find this volume lucid and insightful.

Translational Action and Intercultural Communication

Author: Kristin Buhrig
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317641299
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Translation and interpreting studies and intercultural communication have so far largely been treated as separate disciplines. Translational Action and Intercultural Communication offers an overview of a range of different theoretical and methodological approaches to examining the hitherto largely ignored connection between the two research strands. Drawing on three key concepts ('functional equivalence', 'dilated speech situation' and 'intercultural understanding'), this interdisciplinary volume attempts to interrelate the following thematic strands: procedures of mediating between cultures in translational action, problems of intercultural communication in translational action, and insights into intercultural communication based on analyses of translational action. The volume features both contrastive papers and papers which investigate communicative events in actu. The analyses presented deal with a variety of genres and types of interaction, including children's books, speech acts in dramatic text, popular science and economic texts, excerpts from intercultural university encounters, phatic talk, toast giving and medical communication.

Politeness in East Asia

Author: Dániel Z. Kádár
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 113949757X
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We use politeness every day when interacting with other people. Yet politeness is an impressively complex linguistic process, and studying it can tell us a lot about the social and cultural values of social groups or even a whole society, helping us to understand how humans 'encode' states of mind in their words. The traditional, stereotypical view is that people in East Asian cultures are indirect, deferential and extremely polite - sometimes more polite than seems necessary. This revealing book takes a fresh look at the phenomenon, showing that the situation is far more complex than these stereotypes would suggest. Taking examples from Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Singaporean Chinese, it shows how politeness differs across countries, but also across social groups and subgroups. This book is essential reading for those interested in intercultural communication, linguistics and East Asian languages.

Figuring Foreigners Out

Author: Craig Storti
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey
ISBN: 0585485925
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Figuring Foreigners Out will aid in creating an effective system for preparing and dealing with cultural differences.

Coaching Across Cultures

Author: Philippe Rosinski
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey International
ISBN: 1857884795
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Shows how to integrate the cultural dimension into coaching and coaching skills into intercultural work.

Communicating Across Cultures at Work

Author: Maureen Guirdham
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 0230345964
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Examines intercultural communication in the workplace. Firmly grounded in theory, it offers practical suggestions on how people can develop cultural awareness and communication skills to enable greater understanding and appreciation of those from different backgrounds. Fully updated with the latest research, this makes an ideal core text.