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Cross-Cultural Pragmatics: The Semantics of Human Interaction (Trends in Linguistics: Studies & Monographs) [Paperback]

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This book, which can be seen as both a research monograph and a text book, challenges the approaches to human interaction based on supposedly universal "maxims of conversation" and "principles of politeness", which fly in the face of reality as experienced by millions of people - refugees, immigrants, crosscultural families, and so on. By contrast to such approaches, which can be of no use in crosscultural communication and education, this book is both theoretical and practical: it shows that in different societies, norms of human interaction are different and reflect different cultural attitudes and values; and it offers a framework within which different cultural norms and different ways of speaking can be effectively explored, explained, and taught.

The book discusses data from a wide range of languages, including English, Italian, Russian, Polish, Yiddish, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, and Walmatjari (an Australian Aboriginal language), and it shows that the meanings expressed in human interaction and the different "cultural scripts" prevailing in different speech communities can be described and compared in a way that is clear, simple, rigorous, and free of ethnocentric bias by using a "natural semantic metalanguage", based on empirically established universal human concepts. As the book shows, this metalanguage can be used as a basis for teaching successful cross-cultural communication and education, including the teaching of languages in a cultural context.

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Pages   502
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Walter de Gruyter
ISBN  3110177692  
ISBN13  9783110177695  

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More About Anna Wierzbicka

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Anna Wierzbicka is Professor of Linguistics at Australian National University. She has an international reputation for her work on semantics, pragmatics, and cross-cultural linguistics. Other published works include What Did Jesus Mean? (OUP, 2001), Semantics, Culture, and Cognition (OUP, 1992), and
Semantic Primitives, in which she is credited with establishing the Natural Semantic Metalanguage.

Anna Wierzbicka has an academic affiliation as follows - Australian National University Australian National University, Canberr.

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discoveries about other cultures  Jun 9, 2007
This book is excellent for those who are interested to know how and why people from different cultures usually express their likes and dislikes, compliments and invitations. You will see what to expect and how to interpret the phrases of your foreign friends and colleagues. The author illustrates speech patters and certain words' connotations that we have acquired through our cultural traditions in a simple manner - you don't have to be a linguist to understand her ideas.
I used many examples in my Introduction to Linguistics lectures with the first year students and I think they really enjoyed them.
The book really makes you rethink everything that you have already learned about people from other countries.

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