Intercultural Pragmatics

Hardcover | November 6, 2013

byIstvan Kecskes

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Intercultural Pragmatics studies how language systems are used in social encounters between speakers who have different first languages and cultures, yet communicate in a common language. The field first emerged in the early 21st century, joining two seemingly antagonistic approaches topragmatics research: the cognitive-philosophical approach, which considers intention as an a priori mental state of the speaker, and the sociocultural-interactional approach, which considers it as a post factum construct created by both speaker and hearer though conversation. Istvan Kecskes, anearly proponent of intercultural pragmatics, was among the first to propose merging the two to form the socio-cognitive approach now core to the field. In Intercultural Pragmatics, the first book on the subject, Kecskes establishes the foundations of the field, boldly combining the pragmatic view of cooperation with the cognitive view of egocentrism in order to incorporate emerging features of communication. He argues that people cooperate bygenerating and formulating intention that is relevant to the given actual situational context. At the same time, however, because of their egocentrism they activate the most salient information to their attention in the construction and comprehension of utterances. Within this approach, interlocutors are considered as social beings searching for meaning with individual minds embedded in a socio-cultural collectivity, and intention is a cooperation-directed practice that is governed by relevance which depends on actual situational experience.Intercultural pragmatics is a rapidly-growing field, and the only subfield of pragmatics to incorporate features of intercultural interaction into mainstream pragmatics. This volume offers both a valuable synthesis of current research and a new way to think about pragmatics.

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Intercultural Pragmatics studies how language systems are used in social encounters between speakers who have different first languages and cultures, yet communicate in a common language. The field first emerged in the early 21st century, joining two seemingly antagonistic approaches topragmatics research: the cognitive-philosophical a...

Istvan Kecskes is Professor of Linguistics and education at the State University of New York, Albany. He is the President of the American Pragmatics Association and Editor-in-Chief of the journals Intercultural Pragmatics (De Gruyter), Chinese as a Second Language Research (De Gruyter) and the Mouton Series in Pragmatics. He is the co-...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 6, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199892652

ISBN - 13:9780199892655

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Current pragmatic theories2. The socio-cognitive approach3. Pragmatic competence4. Encyclopaedic knowledge, cultural models, interculturality5. Formulaic language use6. Context7. Common ground8. Salience9. Politeness and impoliteness10. Methods of analysisEpilogue