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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; Reprint edition (29 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118941284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118941287
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 2.5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,599,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It is a blessing that bibliography follows each chapter where it can be quite use-ful, rather than being amassed at the end of the book." ("The Delta Intercultural Academy", 1 December 2012)"In sum, "The Handbook of Intercultural Discourse and Communication" promises to be a stimulating resource with the potential to inform and to invite debate, inspiring and equipping readers to ponder recent and enduring issues anew." ("Linguist List", 17 November 2012)"This book provides a rich and diverse sampling of the intercultural work going on from various linguistic perspectives, some authors being more reliant on established intercultural theory and practice and others resisting it." ("D""ialogin", 1 October 2011)


"Rarely does a book of this significance appear in the field ofIntercultural Communication. This handbook provides the mostsophisticated understanding so far of language processes inintercultural interactions." Min–Sun Kim, University ofHawaii

This panoramic survey of work on discourse and interculturalcommunication is destined to become a classic. The articles in it,all by renowned researchers, present state of the art scholarshipon a wide range of topics from the micro–dynamics of situatedinteraction to broader theoretical debates on the relationshipbetween language and culture. Rodney Jones, CityUniversity of Hong Kong

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In a recent bit of informal research, I identified sixteen different academic disciplines whose focus was dealing with culture. Perusing the literature of these disciplines one discovers that they frequently draw on similar sources for their perspectives, while at the same time they seem to remain in silos of their own. Making it my business to poke into these diverse disciplines from the perspective of the intercultural practitioner, I try to see how the focus of other disciplines might enrich our work, in this case diving into the field of linguistics.

The Handbook of Intercultural Discourse and Communication is a large and wide ranging collection of studies and reports, including everything from high-level theoretical perspectives to explorations of specific ethnic speech practices, often in comparative context.

Linguists, among others, have identified many of the colonial and neocolonial features involved, not only limiting our perspectives in the study of language and culture, but in the dynamics of its teaching. There is no hesitation here in taking apolitical stance. One feature that I have found particularly annoying, however, is the compulsion on the part of the number of linguists to erect and thrash the straw man of intercultural studies as being perpetrator of a damaging essentialism, as if the worst performances of stereotyping and labeling, which can occur, were the standard of the field. It is obvious that a number of these folks have not left their silos to see what is going on elsewhere. It is unfortunate that the first chapter of the book starts off on this tone. The perpetuation of inequality had based on ignorance and stereotypical knowledge and negative evaluation of “lesser” cultures is certainly a reality that needs to be dealt with.
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