Crosstalk And Culture In Sino-american Communication by Linda W. L. YoungCrosstalk And Culture In Sino-american Communication by Linda W. L. Young

Crosstalk And Culture In Sino-american Communication

byLinda W. L. YoungForeword byJohn Gumperz

Paperback | February 13, 2006

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Chinese and Americans often unwittingly communicate at cross-purposes because they are misled by the cultural trappings of talk. This book aims to clarify their misunderstandings by tracing the development of Chinese communicative strategies from Confucius to the boardrooms and streets of Hong Kong. Its formal analysis of taped interchanges and in-depth interviews reveals Chinese speakers' distinctive ways of communicating and relating, thus highlighting the pitfalls of hidden assumptions underlying talk.
Title:Crosstalk And Culture In Sino-american CommunicationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.55 inPublished:February 13, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521024072

ISBN - 13:9780521024075

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Table of Contents

Foreword by John J. Gumperz; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. The Ps and cues of Chinese inscrutability; 2. Deceptive cause; 3. Missing links; 4. Backforwardly speaking; 5. Effacing talk; 6. Mistaking turns; 7. Parting words; References; Indexes.

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"In seven interesting and often enlightening chapters Young makes a very well documented case for understanding the "crosstalk" phenomenon through Lin Yutang's metaphor of "English meat with Chinese bones," meaning that the words may be English, but the understanding and intention they carry remain Chinese (p.181)....the book should be seen as a major contribution to our understanding of cross-linguistic and cross-cultural influences on miscommunication." Jan W. Walls, Pacific Affairs