Dialogue and Culture

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Marion Grein, Edda Weigand
John Benjamins Publishing, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 262 pages
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The volume deals with the relationship between language, dialogue, human nature and culture by focusing on an approach that considers culture to be a crucial component of dialogic interaction. Part I refers to the so-called 'language instinct debate' between nativists and empiricists and introduces a mediating position that regards language and dialogue as determined by both human nature and culture. This sets the framework for the contributions of Part II which propose varying theoretical positions on how to address the ways in which culture influences dialogue. Part III presents more empirically oriented studies which demonstrate the interaction of components in the 'mixed game' and focus, in particular, on specific action games, politeness and selected verbal means of communication.
 

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Contents

The Sociobiology of Language
27
Some General Thoughts about Linguistic Typology
53
Intercultural Dialogue and Academic Discourse
73
The Speech Act of Refusals within the Minimal Action Game
95
Gestural Regulators in French Japanese and American English
115
Quantity Scales
141
Empirically Oriented Studies of the Mixed Game
153
Cultural Differences in the Speech Act of Greeting
177
Refusals and Politeness in Directive Action Games
191
How Diplomatic Can a Language Be?
213
Cultural Values and their Hierarchies in Everyday Discourse
227
General Index
257
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