intercultural discourse between igbo and sesotho in bloemfontein



Intercultural Discourse between Igbo and Sesotho in Bloemfontein Intercultural Discourse between Igbo and Sesotho in Bloemfontein Новинка

Intercultural Discourse between Igbo and Sesotho in Bloemfontein

As people travel, their languages and cultures travel with them, as it is the case of Igbo people in Bloemfontein. As these Igbo are in contact with the rest of the world with English as the common means of communication, they are loyal to their language (Igbo), even as the majority are engaged in inter-marriage with the Sesotho people residing in Bloemfontein. The way these Igbo people use different languages when communicating to their wives, children, friends or customers was one of the issues that prompted this study, which explored different discourse features employed by the Igbo and the Sesotho people during interaction.
Igbo Names and Initiation Igbo Names and Initiation Новинка

Igbo Names and Initiation

Is there any factor besides birth, which qualifies one for membership in/into typical Igbo genealogical Tree of life? Put positively, how does the biological offspring of the Igbo family acquire personal identity? The paradox of personal identity in the Igbo socio-cultural milieu arises by nature of the African world, namely, the African perception of the nature of the universe and man’s status in it, indeed his notion of life and the human destiny; which unique perspective appertains in a general way to the unique manner of responses or behaviors that is regarded as his culture. This discourse observes that birth in Igbo community or into the Igbo family is authenticated by some institutional acts and processes which culminate in initiations. Initiations in the course of life of the Igbo person may include but are not limited to Name giving (the Personal Names System), the Masquerade practice or cult of living dead, Ozo title taking, Iru Mgbede (pre-marriage course for brides). The name giving and masquerade practices are outstanding because they symbolically introduce the individual into the Igbo family tree of life and value systems.
Russian Foreign Policy Discourse during and after the Georgian War Russian Foreign Policy Discourse during and after the Georgian War Новинка

Russian Foreign Policy Discourse during and after the Georgian War

The study analyzes Russian foreign policy discourse on NATO during and after the Georgian war as constructed in news articles from a state-run news agency. The project adopts constructivist and discourse analytical approach. Namely, it is based on the interplay between the three main theoretical pillars: language as constitutive part of social reality; media as a type of discourse; and the constructivist understanding of the foreign policy discourse as being embedded in the domestic social and cultural dimensions.The dissertation focuses on the following questions: What kind of representations of NATO and its role in the Georgian crisis were constructed in the Russian news? How were the relations between Russia and NATO represented in the Russian foreign policy discourse? Did the Russian discourse on NATO draw on the Cold War ideas and stereotypes?
Korean Hurricane Media Discourse Analysis Korean Hurricane Media Discourse Analysis Новинка

Korean Hurricane Media Discourse Analysis

Revision with unchanged content. Discourse analysis emerged as a new trans-disciplinary field of study between the mid-1960s and mid-1970s. I have analyzed a particular TV broadcast news discourse called Korean Hurricane Media Discourse (KHMD) from YTN, a Korean cable TV news station. The data presents the topic (Dong-po-ae) of the Korean refugees who were forced to evacuate to Baton Rouge from New Orleans, after facing the destructions of Hurricane Katrina on August 2005. The methods are Ron Scollon’s TV news frames, Teun A. Van Dijk’s super­structure and macrostructure, Allan Bell’s news structure, Dell Hymes’s SPEAKING model, and Erving Goffman’s frameworks. Chapter two discusses the relationships between spoken and written dis­course, and between planned and unplanned discourse. In addition, the relationship between discourse and culture is manifested. Chapter three discusses media culture in Korea and the relationship between media and discourse. KHMD is analyzed by Scollon’s three frames. Chapter four shows a comparison of Bell’s with van Dijk’s news schema and macro-analysis in translation. KHMD is contextualized in terms of Hymes’s SPEAKING model in chapter five. Finally, chapter six demonstrates that Hurricane Katrina is interpreted as natural and cultural frameworks. This book is addressed to researchers in Linguistics, Linguistic anthropology, Psycholinguistics, Translation and Mass Communication.
Intonation and Meaning Intonation and Meaning Новинка

Intonation and Meaning

This book examines the interplay between prosody-stress, phrasing, and melody-and interpretation-felicity in discourse, inferences, and emphasis. It presents the main phenomena involved, and introduces current formal analyses of prosodic structure, relevant aspects of discourse structure, intonational meaning, and the relations between them.
Toward a Poetics of Freedom Toward a Poetics of Freedom Новинка

Toward a Poetics of Freedom

This interpretive analysis of Paul Ricoeur reorients his later works on metaphor and hermeneutics towards the concerns that dominated the philosophy of the will of his earlier career in order to establish a composite discourse, the poetics of freedom. This study of Ricoeur’s philosophy of being occurs in discourse with a poetic text, Dante’s "Commedia". The correlations that arise between its aesthetic discourse and Ricoeur’s contemporary perspective illuminate what Dr. Jenna Brooke Sunkenberg considers to be at the core of the philosophy of being: a primordial tension of selfhood conceptualized in terms of the dialectical relations that arise between freedom and nature, between objectivity and subjectivity, and between perspective and meaning; or in Dante’s terms, between my life and la nostra vita.
Integrating Culture and Language Teaching Integrating Culture and Language Teaching Новинка

Integrating Culture and Language Teaching

Learning a new language involves more than mere acquisition of linguistic and communicative competence. It accompanies increase in learners’ familiarity with target language’s cultural background and intercultural competence in general. Due to this inseparable relationship between language and culture, foreign language teaching is seen void without intercultural consciousness and intercultural discovery. In most of the ELT settings teachers play a vital role; their views are valuable from syllabus design to the actual classroom practices, and in terms of culture teaching their role becomes even more crucial as they are the mediators between two cultures. Considering the significance of culture and the central position of teachers in the process of foreign language teaching, this comprehensive study together investigates Pakistani teachers’ perceptions and understanding of various aspects of culture in language teaching.
Meeting Again Differently Meeting Again Differently Новинка

Meeting Again Differently

Projecting a world without violence has been the main preoccupation in the human endeavors for peace and coexistence in various intellectual traditions and at various times. The central theme of this collection is nonconventional response to the problem of “clash” and “domination” by juxtaposing the hermeneutics of peace and intercultural understanding against the historical and intellectual imposition of violence at the civilizational plane. This collection can be of interest to those interested in Postcolonial Discourse, Hermeneutics, and Intercultural Dialogue.
Training Global Players Training Global Players Новинка

Training Global Players

This investigation analyzes critically the conceptual base and educational goals of a new interdisciplinary academic field of enquiry, Intercultural Business Communication, as it is pursued in the context of the Germany higher education system. To this end a corpus of 24 academic articles was analysed from a CDA (Critical Discourse Analysis) perspective. The investigation debates the validity claims made by these authors in respect to globalisation forces and the educational promise of intercultural understanding through intercultural training. In addition to this, it shows how changes in the higher education system, in particular the attempt to offer services for the business world, can impact upon and alter academic genres. The generic hybridity of the corpus will be discussed in relation to the changing understanding of the nature, form and function of academic knowledge production in society.
Intercultural Communication Intercultural Communication Новинка

Intercultural Communication

Intercultural communication and the inquiry to improve international understanding. What do communication and culture actually mean? How do people communicate and in which way can we communicate - only through language? The major topic is the relationship between Germans and Americans with the emphasis on perceived differences. Where lay the differences and where the mutual characteristics and how can cultural differences lead to misunderstanding? How can we improve intercultural communication effectively?
Intercultural Exchange at a Young Age and Beyond Intercultural Exchange at a Young Age and Beyond Новинка

Intercultural Exchange at a Young Age and Beyond

Intercultural exchange programmes have been very popular among young people all over the world, especially school-aged children and adolescents. One of the key objectives of these programmes is to raise participants’ global citizenship and intercultural communicative competence. This book explores the intercultural learning experience of 11-year-old children in one intercultural “Village” organized by an international children’s charity. It is found that children could flexibly and creatively employ various linguistic and interactional resources in their interactions in English as a lingua franca in the village despite their language disparity. Children’s intercultural interactions constitute a privileged field of observation for their intercultural learning. It is also perceived by the participants that the intercultural experience they had at that young age had positive impact on their intercultural development in the short-term and long-term perspectives. This book should be of interest to researchers of intercultural communication and intercultural education or anyone who would like to reflect on their intercultural exchange experience.
Effects of cultural components in foreign language teaching books Effects of cultural components in foreign language teaching books Новинка

Effects of cultural components in foreign language teaching books

The ultimate goal of English language teaching is to develop learners' communicative competence which will enable them to communicate successfully in the real world. Meaningful relationships with friends and neighbors and intercultural partners depend on the ability to deal effectively with differences in a positive manner. For this reason, language should be conceptualized as an integral part of society, culture and psyche. Language teaching and learning are not culturally neutral. One should consider the concept of languaculture as very useful in the construction of such a new understanding of the relationship between language and culture. The aim of this study is to examine the Iranian FLT course books in promoting intercultural competence and the prospect of creating intercultural understanding through English as a foreign language in the Iranian high school course books.
Airport Interiors Airport Interiors Новинка

Airport Interiors

This book is an inquiry on airports regarding their values and potentialities as a medium for intercultural communication. This issue is taken as an interior design problem, implicitly, questioning significations of airports during spatial experience. In order to understand the meaning of airports in spatial experience of today’s individual, the book encompasses a comprehensive survey of theoretical approaches towards the transformations in spatial experience in relation with contemporary technological developments. The meaning of airport is firstly questioned by the concept ‘place’ and marked typical elements and images that cause airports as an exemplification of non-place. Secondly the meaning is investigated by the concept ‘transition’ and defined as an ‘intercultural transit space’ and ‘in-between culture / space’. The book proposes intercultural code model to be valued as a tool for interior design and ends up with a discussion of a case study conducted in Turkey.
Mutual Intercultural Relations Mutual Intercultural Relations Новинка

Mutual Intercultural Relations

In culturally diverse societies, one of the biggest questions on our minds is 'how shall we all live together?' Mutual Intercultural Relations offers an answer to this fundamental and topical issue. By exploring intercultural relationships between dominant/national and non-dominant/ethnic populations in seventeen societies around the world, the authors are each able to chart the respective views of those populations and to generate 'general' principles of intercultural relations. The research reported in this book is guided by three psychological hypotheses which are evaluated by empirical research: multiculturalism, contact and integration. It was also carried out comparatively in order to gain knowledge about intercultural relations that may be general and not limited to a few social and political contexts. Understanding these general principles will offer help in the development of public policies and programmes designed to improve the quality of intercultural relations in culturally diverse societies around the world.
Globalization and acculturation:Focus on Igbo language and culture Globalization and acculturation:Focus on Igbo language and culture Новинка

Globalization and acculturation:Focus on Igbo language and culture

Globalization and acculturation: Focus on Igbo language and culture addresses the most compelling issue facing humanity all over the world, - Globalization. It looks at how the concept of globalization has affected the Igbo language and culture given that the Igbo race travel widely and are believed to have presence in all the parts of the world. The book addresses how the Igbo race have opened their doors to the forces of globalization and how resilent they have been in the global village as regards their language, values and their ways of life generally. The book has some implications for language variation studies and cultural assimilation.
Germans in the United States Germans in the United States Новинка

Germans in the United States

Revision with unchanged content. Identities are formed within specific cultural and societal contexts, and language is a very important tool for the formation and communication of these identities.Before people emigrate, they are usually not aware of how much their identities are products of one particular society, culture and language. Identities are not only expressed through language, but they are also shaped, confirmed and challenged by others within these particular  societal and linguistic contexts. This book explores how acculturation levels and cultural identities of German immigrants are conveyed in discourse. The analysis of the data from group interviews with sixteen German immigrants who have resided in the San Francisco Bay Area for one, five, ten and twenty years, demonstrates how time influences the construct of the immigrant identity. This book examines code-switching and deixis of person, place and time to show the relationship between acculturation, multicultural identity formation and discourse analysis. Applying discourse analysis to acculturation studies, this book offers the concept of cultural reinvention of immigrant identities as an alternative to the concept of acculturation. It is geared towards readers who are interested in German immigrants in the United States, intercultural communication, cultural adaptation and sociolinguistics.
Figurative Language: Genre and Register Figurative Language: Genre and Register Новинка

Figurative Language: Genre and Register

Figurative Language, Genre and Register brings together methods from discourse analysis and corpus linguistics in a cutting-edge study of figurative language in spoken and written discourse. The authors combine their extensive experience in figurative language research to explore metaphor and metonymy within a variety of genres and registers, at both the discourse and lexical level. They present a clear framework for analysis which allows for an accurate and complete description of figurative language as it is used by members of different discourse communities. This framework is applied to new data as well as to the authors' past research to show how its use can achieve new insights. Figurative language is shown to be pervasive and inescapable, but it is also suggested that it varies significantly across genres. Hence, the use of figurative language can both help and hinder communication, especially when boundaries between genres and discourse communities are crossed. Introduces a framework for accurately describing and analysing figurative language which foregrounds the importance of genre and register Examines variation in the forms, frequency and functions of figurative language in use Provides evidence for the importance of metaphor and metonymy for discourse communities, and how this can exclude and confuse outsiders Draws on written and spoken data from diverse contexts, such as popular science writing, spoken academic discourse and football reporting.
Power Unravelled in Media Discourse Power Unravelled in Media Discourse Новинка

Power Unravelled in Media Discourse

This book explores the relationship between power and media discourse. It includes a critical analysis of two interviews in terms of the discoursal tactics that indicate social power or weakness. The author focuses on discoursal strategies used in news interviews to convey power and highlights the fact that there is no one to one correspondence between a discoursal strategy and a powerful effect. Moreover, the book highlights how the same strategy may empower or weaken a speaker''s position in different contexts. This book has certain implications for media and critical discourse analysts as well as EFL teachers through familiarizing them with the intricacies of power underlying language choices to avoid potential manipulation by media networks.
Protest and Propaganda in the Igbo Video Film Protest and Propaganda in the Igbo Video Film Новинка

Protest and Propaganda in the Igbo Video Film

Protest and Propaganda explores the first years of what is today popularly known as Nollywood.The author argues that what is today known as the Nigeria Video Film or, more popularly, NOLLYWOOD, started essentially as Igbo Video Film. In this rather preliminary work, the author highlights and explains how protest and propaganda were used as instruments for the denunciation of social vices and promotion of cultural revival among the Igbo and by extension, Nigeria.
The Mmonwu Theatre: Igbo Poetry of the Spirits The Mmonwu Theatre: Igbo Poetry of the Spirits Новинка

The Mmonwu Theatre: Igbo Poetry of the Spirits

This research is about Igbo mask chants. It provides an introduction and background information on the Igbo masking concept and tradition, explaining its nature, aspects and categories. It contains Igbo mask chants – the ‘mbem mmonwu’ in their vernacular form and their translation in English form at least five different chanting masks. These chants are grouped according to common and prevailing themes regardless of their different sources or chants. They subsequently placed against the elements of poetry that act as parameters in order to ascertain whether the chants are poetry or not. After placing and testing the chants (mbem), it was discovered that they satisfied the requirements, met with the condition and are indeed poetry such that is unique and contextually relevant.
Risk and Benefit Perceptions in the Discourse on Nuclear Energy Risk and Benefit Perceptions in the Discourse on Nuclear Energy Новинка

Risk and Benefit Perceptions in the Discourse on Nuclear Energy

The book analyzes the political, professional and media discourse on nuclear energy in Hungary in the period 2009-2013. A complex set of links exists between a nuclear power plant and its physical, social and natural environment. Study of the actual dominant actors, stakeholders, narratives, argumentations and the interpretation of the layers of the content and the actual proceeding of the communication process help understand and describe power relations in the nuclear discourse. Analysis of the nuclear discourse is executed through discourse analysis, content analysis, Critical Discourse Analysis, participant observation, statistical analysis, polling, social geometry as well as risk - benefit analysis. The context of perceived risks and benefits offers a framing to interpret changes in narratives, and to understand the European context of the nuclear issue. The book urges the adaptation of a Risk Perception Index, the development of a Perpetual Risks and Benefits Repository, the balance of access to nuclear information, and the exploration of an engagement model to encourage nuclear discourse and to facilitate the democratization of nuclear energy.
Yu Han Negotiating Cultural Encounters. Narrating Intercultural Engineering and Technical Communication Yu Han Negotiating Cultural Encounters. Narrating Intercultural Engineering and Technical Communication Новинка

Yu Han Negotiating Cultural Encounters. Narrating Intercultural Engineering and Technical Communication

Discusses the challenges of intercultural communication in engineering, technical, and related professional fields Given today's globalized technical and engineering environment, intercultural communication is an essential topic for engineers, other technical professionals, and technical communicators to learn. Engineering programs, in particular, need to think about how to address the ABET requirement for students to develop global competence and communication skills. This book will help readers learn what intercultural communication is like in the workplace—which is an important first step in gaining intercultural competence. Through narratives based on the real experiences of working professionals, Negotiating Cultural Encounters: Narrating Intercultural Engineering and Technical Communication covers a range of design, development, research, and documentation projects—offering an authentic picture of today's international workplace. Narrative contributors present firsthand experience and perspectives on the complexities and challenges of working with multicultural team members, international vendors, and diverse customers; additional suggested readings and discussion questions provide students with information on relevant cultural factors and invite them to think deeply and critically about the narratives. This collection of narratives: Responds to the need for updated firsthand information in intercultural communication and will help us prepare workplace professionals Covers various topics such as designing e-commerce websites, localizing technical documentation, and translating workplace safety materials Provides hands-on studies of intercultural professional communication in the workplace Is targeted toward institutions that train engineers for technical communication tasks in diverse sociocultural environments Presents contributions from a diverse group of professionals Recommends additional material for further pursuit A book unlike any other in its field, Negotiating Cultural Encounters is ideal for all engineering and technical communication professionals seeking to better communicate their ideas and thoughts in the multicultural workplaces of the world.
Genre, Schema, and the Academic Writing Process Genre, Schema, and the Academic Writing Process Новинка

Genre, Schema, and the Academic Writing Process

From a viewpoint of discourse as the connecting middle ground between genre, register and schema, this book establishes meaningful links between these notions. It disambiguates the conflated relationship between genre and register by suggesting that genre texts need to be modelled out of a balance between the generic knowledge and discipline specific needs. This book also investigates the relationship between schematic and generic structure and uncovers how far RA writers are aware of the text structure they employ in their writing and indicates how these structures have been internalised as schemata.
Mulkraj Anand's Coolie: A Study in Discourse Analysis Mulkraj Anand's Coolie: A Study in Discourse Analysis Новинка

Mulkraj Anand's Coolie: A Study in Discourse Analysis

This study entitled ‘Mulk Raj Anand’s Coolie: A study in discourse analysis’ is an attempt to examine the pattern of narrative discourse (novel) in general and a sample text of Indian English narrative discourse (novel) in particular. The study is laid out into six chapters. Chapter 1 deals with the reasons for undertaking this study, the aim and scope of this study, the concept of ‘text’ and ‘discourse’ and the model of discourse analysis. Chapter 2 deals with the concept of literary discourse situation and structures of Coolie’s discourse situation. Chapter 3 outlines the structure of the tenor of literary discourse and attempts to bring out the tenors of Coolie’s narrative discourse. Chapter 4 deals with the composition of the value picture of narrative discourse in general and makes an analysis of how the value picture of the novel is structured. Chapter 5 deals with the concept of discourse markers and attempts to bring out their value in the narrative discourse of the novel. Chapter 6 presents an overall view of the findings of this study.
Catherine Cornille The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Inter-Religious Dialogue Catherine Cornille The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Inter-Religious Dialogue Новинка

Catherine Cornille The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Inter-Religious Dialogue

This comprehensive volume brings together a distinguished editorial team, including some of the field’s pioneers, to explore the aims, practice, and historical context of interfaith collaboration. Explores in full the background, history, objectives, and discourse between the leaders and practitioners of the world’s major religions Examines relations between religions from around the world, moving well beyond the common focus on Christianity, to also cover over 12 major religions Features a wealth of case studies on contemporary interreligious dialogue Charts a long-term shift away from a competitive rivalry between belief systems, and a change in focus towards the more respectful, cooperative approach reflected in institutions such as the World Council of Churches Includes up-to-date commentary on the growing dialogue of recent years, written by some of the leading figures working in the field of interfaith discourse
The Agbo Of The Upper Cross River Basin 1600 – 1960 The Agbo Of The Upper Cross River Basin 1600 – 1960 Новинка

The Agbo Of The Upper Cross River Basin 1600 – 1960

This study is the story of the evolution of Agbo society between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries. By the middle of the sixteenth century, various groups, for a variety of reasons, abandoned their ancestral homelands in search of greener pastures elsewhere. By the seventeenth century, four major groups of Itigidi, Adadama, Igbo Ekureku and Igbo Imeabana had decided to build a new homeland and adopt a common name of Agbo. This is the origin of Agbo in the Upper Cross River Basin of Nigeria. In the course of four centuries, the major settlements of Itigidi, Adadama, Igbo Ekureku, and Igbo Imeabana decided to experiment on building a new nation state of Agbo in which one language and culture dominated. The new Agbo nation had a definite territory in which its citizens were and are still ready to defend. They entered into commercial, diplomatic, cultural ties with their neighbours- Ediba, Afikpo, Izzi of Abakaliki. This Agbo experiment is a lesson for new African leadership which should regard new nation states as amalgams of different ethnic groups uniting for common purposes.
At the Cultural Crossroads At the Cultural Crossroads Новинка

At the Cultural Crossroads

This book raises significant questions related to cross-cultural management, human resources policies, business ethics, and intercultural values through the study of Chinese companies in Middle Africa. Based on the five cross-cultural dimensions developed by G. Hofstede (2001, 2008), it increases our understanding of Chinese companies’ management practices and related intercultural problems. Moreover, this book allows identifying and differentiating which traditional cultural values are dominant among Middle Africans and Chinese working in Middle Africa, respectively. The findings and implications of this study aim to enhance Chinese and other foreign companies operating in Middle Africa to implement better cross-cultural and management strategies. In addition, it offers practical guidelines to have a better understanding of culture diversity between Chinese and Middle Africans. This study will help foreign companies in Middle Africa to foster their growth, and to achieve success, employee development and wellness.
A Consecutive Approach to the Teaching of the Reading Skill A Consecutive Approach to the Teaching of the Reading Skill Новинка

A Consecutive Approach to the Teaching of the Reading Skill

This study investigated the relationship between two different modes of discourse, narrative and expository, and the influence of two consecutive patterns on reading ability. To run this study the students’ reading ability was examined in a longitudinal study of two groups from second-grade students in high school exposed to six reading tests. Group A with twenty subjects began their exam with three narrative tests and ended to three expository ones. Conversely, group B began with three expository tests and ended to three narrative ones. The analyses of data have been made using descriptive statistics, Pearson correlation coefficient and independent-samples T-Test. The findings confirm significant relationship between two modes of discourse in total score. (r =0.56 P=0.0001). It is also showed significant difference between two groups (T=3.02 P=0.0005)
Marginal Identities in Postcolonial Discourse Marginal Identities in Postcolonial Discourse Новинка

Marginal Identities in Postcolonial Discourse

Postcolonial theory has provided a valuable critique of the discourses that underwrote the colonial and Western project. Postcolonial critics, such as Edward Said, Homi Bhabha, and Gayatri Spivak, among others, focus mainly on the term discourse in their study of postcolonialism because discourse does not simply reflect social meanings and relations, but rather constitutes them. Discourse, in postcolonial theory, interacts with knowledge to constitute and reinforce. This dissertation focuses on the question of marginality in postcolonial discourse and whether marginal identity is able to speak and represent the marginalized within postcolonial discourse. In this sense, the marginal and the dominant are necessarily defined in relation to each other.
Colonial/Post-colonial Paradigms in Chinua Achebe’s Novels (TFA & AOG) Colonial/Post-colonial Paradigms in Chinua Achebe’s Novels (TFA & AOG) Новинка

Colonial/Post-colonial Paradigms in Chinua Achebe’s Novels (TFA & AOG)

This book is a critical analysis of Chinua Achebe’s magnum opus, Things Fall Apart and his third novel, Arrow of God. Both these texts have been read from the perspective of colonialism and post-colonialism. The novels portray the life of the Igbo people through their culture and traditions which were considered as barbaric by the colonizers. There had been inner conflicts in the Igbo society which resulted in the differences of opinion among the younger and the older generation of Africa; leading to the incursion of the colonizers. With the advent of the colonizers, this chasm between the old and the young increased drastically and slowly the natives fell prey to the craftiness of the outsiders.
History, Reality and Conflicts of Sino-Western Intercultural Marriages History, Reality and Conflicts of Sino-Western Intercultural Marriages Новинка

History, Reality and Conflicts of Sino-Western Intercultural Marriages

Intimate relationships between two people from different cultures generate a degree of excitement and intrigue within the couple due to that very difference, however this also brings its own challenges. Intercultural marriage adds an extra set of dynamics to relationships. Although the Chinese culture is very different from Western culture, individuals from both nevertheless meet and fall in love with each other. The existence of intercultural marriages and intimacy between Chinese and Westerners is evident and expanding in societies throughout both China and the Western world. This interesting book aims to present a true picture of Chinese–Western Intercultural Marriage (CWIM) with a focus on the Chinese perspective. By employing a three-dimensional, multi-level theoretical framework based on an integration of theories of migration, sociology and gender and adopting a qualitative research paradigm, the main body of this study combines three theoretical approaches in order to explore CWIM fully using a panoramic view. This study will provide more than an anecdotal description of CWIM, but will present a profound analysis of the forces underpinning this cross-cultural phenomenon.
Scarino Angela Intercultural Language Teaching and Learning Scarino Angela Intercultural Language Teaching and Learning Новинка

Scarino Angela Intercultural Language Teaching and Learning

This wide-ranging survey of issues in intercultural language teaching and learning covers everything from core concepts to program evaluation, and advocates a fluid, responsive approach to teaching language that reflects its central role in fostering intercultural understanding. Includes coverage of theoretical issues defining language, culture, and communication, as well as practice-driven issues such as classroom interactions, technologies, programs, and language assessment Examines systematically the components of language teaching: language itself, meaning, culture, learning, communicating, and assessments, and puts them in social and cultural context Features numerous examples throughout, drawn from various languages, international contexts, and frameworks Incorporates a decade of in-depth research and detailed documentation from the authors’ collaborative work with practicing teachers Provides a much-needed addition to the sparse literature on intercultural aspects of language education
Misunderstandings in intercultural communication in Kenya Misunderstandings in intercultural communication in Kenya Новинка

Misunderstandings in intercultural communication in Kenya

The main purpose of this book is to explore intercultural pragmatic failures using the relevance theoretic perspective. In particular, the primary aim is to find out the extent to which the cultural contexts and perceptions of relevance of interlocutors influence the inference process in communication, and whether relevance theory provides adequate tools for understanding the reasons for most cases of intercultural communication failures. A research that was conducted showed that most cases pragmatic failures in intercultural situations arise mainly because the inference process is constrained by the cultural contexts through the culture-specific principle of relevance. The study concluded that relevance theory provides the conceptual and descriptive tools which can fruitfully be applied to the analysis of most cases of intercultural pragmatic failures.
Conflict Management in Global Companies located in India Conflict Management in Global Companies located in India Новинка

Conflict Management in Global Companies located in India

When R. J. House said “being global is not just about where you do business”, he wanted to point out that there are a lot more factors than new location that create challenges for companies when they internationalise their activities. Today modern infrastructure permits us to exchange information and to interact with business partners and colleagues around the world. Along with the globalisation of business cooperation come new challenges and conflicts that need to be faced by company leaders. It is argued that 45,7% of all joint-venture projects fail not because of financial, legal or organisational problems within a company, but because intercultural communication processes between employees of different cultural backgrounds lead to misunderstanding, frustration and failure of projects. The lack of intercultural competences among employees of global companies is often criticised and considered as the main reason for the occurrence of such intercultural conflicts. But how could the employees' intercultural soft skills be increased to prevent and solve these conflicts? The book gives answers to this question by presenting an intercultural conflict management model for global companies taking the example of four approaches to employee trainings practised in German, Japanese and US-American company outposts located in India.
Critical Discourse Analysis of Alice Munro`s short stories Critical Discourse Analysis of Alice Munro`s short stories Новинка

Critical Discourse Analysis of Alice Munro`s short stories

Applying Critical Discourse Analysis for investigating the hidden ideology in the language and discourse is a useful devise. The present study is an effort for discovering the relationship between language and ideology entail in translation and for discovering the ideological assumption invisible in source text and target text. As a result to verify whether the translator`s ideologies are imposed in their translation or not, A CDA approach, based on Farahzad (2011) is adopted to conduct this research.An English story alongside its corresponding translation in Persian is critically analyzed both at textual and Paratextual levels.
Intercultural Sensitivity in Foreign Student Advising Intercultural Sensitivity in Foreign Student Advising Новинка

Intercultural Sensitivity in Foreign Student Advising

Despite the central role that intercultural sensitivity plays in foreign student advising, the intercultural sensitivity of foreign student advisors has never been previously been studied. The role of foreign student advisor at U.S. colleges and universities has changed dramatically since September 11th, 2001, and Jef Davis'' ground-breaking research examines how pervasive ethnocentrism has become as the profession has been gradually co-opted by the Department of Homeland Security. Davis also challenges many common beliefs about cultural sensitivity, including which experiences and personal qualities are actually associated with intercultural competence—and those that are not. This book is essential reading for international education professionals, teachers, policy makers, researchers, and others concerned with international and intercultural education.
English Language and Bilingualism English Language and Bilingualism Новинка

English Language and Bilingualism

The language contact situation in Nigeria has rubbed off on the languages within the ethnic and tribal groups. The influence of English language is evident in the language situation in Nigeria. Local varieties have been realized as a result of code-mixing and switching of bilinguals within different speech communities in Nigeria. English as the official language in Nigeria has continued to play diverse roles. It is the language of education, government, administration, commerce, journalism, legislative and international deliberations; it lives alongside other Nigerian languages, interacts with them and adapts itself to the Nigerian environment. This interaction with Nigerian languages; Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba etc. led to pidginization, nativization and acculturation of English. Igbo language and culture has also influenced the English language. This book is a purview of the speech behavior of the educated Igbo -bilinguals who may not be able to speak Igbo language without code switching or mixing of English language. The speech behavior of the educated-Igbo bilinguals has raised a lot of criticism.
Normal Values for Some Cephalofacial Anthropometry in Igbos and Ijaws Normal Values for Some Cephalofacial Anthropometry in Igbos and Ijaws Новинка

Normal Values for Some Cephalofacial Anthropometry in Igbos and Ijaws

Cephalofacial anthropometry is the branch of anthropometry that measures the head and face. This comparative study was carried out to document the normative values for inner and outer intercanthal distance, interpupillary distance, head circumference and canthal index in Igbo and Ijaw ethnic groups of Nigeria between 3-42years. A total number of four thousand (4000) subjects comprising two thousand subjects from Igbo (1000 males and 1000 females) and two thousand subjects from Ijaw (1000 males and 1000 females) were selected for this study. Measurements of these parameters were carried out using a digital vernier caliper, non stretchable plastic ruler and a measuring tape.
Discourse Analyses in Psychotherapy, Counseling and Guidance Discourse Analyses in Psychotherapy, Counseling and Guidance Новинка

Discourse Analyses in Psychotherapy, Counseling and Guidance

Discourse analysis is a general term that is related for a number of approaches to analyzing written, vocal, or sign language use or any significant semiotic event. The general objective of discourse analysis discourse, writing, conversation, and communicative event are variously defined in terms of coherent sequences of sentences, propositions, speech acts, or turns at talk. As general terminology psychotherapy is refers to therapeutic processes of communication, treatment, responses, interference and involvement of two parties such as between professional and client. Counseling and guidance is related with help relation for self actualization of client mainly occurs in school settings. How discourse analyses conduct in interviews’ transcripts gathered form psychotherapy, counseling and guidance is main concern of this book. As a terminology discourse analysis in literature has closely scrutinized. About thousands of sources such as books, booklets, articles not only scientific but also literal examined. The aim of this book is supply useful and meaningful source for professionals to interpretate their interview text.
Language Interactions Between Soldiers And Corps Members On Nysc Camp Language Interactions Between Soldiers And Corps Members On Nysc Camp Новинка

Language Interactions Between Soldiers And Corps Members On Nysc Camp

This study is a critical discourse analysis of soldiers-corps members’ language interaction on NYSC camp. The study sets out to examine and document the nature of the conversation between soldiers and corps members on camp, and to demonstrate that power is linked to language in the utterance of soldiers to corps members on camp. The data used for the analysis are the conversational exchanges between soldiers and corps members as recorded during orientation camps in Kaduna and Abuja camps respectively. The analysis employed the Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) framework. Specifically the Fairclough (1989) model of analysis was used. Fairclough’s model of CDA has three components: description, interpretation and explanation. These three components were the analytical procedure employed to explicate the different contexts in which the relationship between soldiers and corps members on camp is laced with unequal power. The study found out that Critical Discourse Analysis is an interdisciplinary area of study which encapsulates other linguistic studies such as Pragmatics, Semantics, Sociolinguistics, Phonology and Grammar.
The Intercultural Dimension in EFL University Context The Intercultural Dimension in EFL University Context Новинка

The Intercultural Dimension in EFL University Context

Within the context of globalization, digital age, and modern technology, the English language has become an international language and crucial medium of intercultural communication between people from various cultures. However, cultural differences, stereotypes, prejudices, biases, and different worldviews may constitute a stumbling block in effective intercultural communication. Therefore, this may require new approaches to foreign language teaching and learning. The status quo of teaching practices in many EFL university contexts highlights the linguistic and literary competences, without giving enough attention to the development of cultural knowledge and ICC as new objectives in the English language pedagogy. These objectives are advocated in cutting- edge- knowledge in the field of EFL and current research. The new approaches have revolutionized and modernized the teaching of English in many countries with the purpose of helping students to use English communicatively and interculturally and become international citizens. This research explores EFL teachers beliefs regarding the concepts of culture and ICC and their roles in teaching English in EFL university context.
The Discourse of Opposition The Discourse of Opposition Новинка

The Discourse of Opposition

This book investigates the political discourse of opposition with reference to the political discourse of the Muslim Brotherhood during the 2005 Egyptian parliamentary elections. It examines the hidden ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood movement convoyed in the discourse delivered by the General Guide of the movement, and how these ideologies are reflected in language. The study uses and sheds light on Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) as an inter-disciplinary approach used for the process of data analysis. Systemic Functional Grammar, transitivity in particular, is investigated and applied. In addition, other linguistic tools such as lexical choices in the light of positive self-presentation and negative other-presentation, over-lexicalization, and dysphemism are applied in the process of data analysis. Finally, this study deeply examines the hidden ideology of the political opposition, namely the Muslim Brotherhood, in Egypt.
Tone Labelling Algorithm for Sesotho Tone Labelling Algorithm for Sesotho Новинка

Tone Labelling Algorithm for Sesotho

Studies have shown that text-to-speech systems need detailed prosodic models of a language in order to ideally sound natural to native speakers of the language. A text-to-speech system developed for Sesotho needs to have tone implemented in it since Sesotho is a tonal language which uses pitch variations to distinguish lexical and/or grammatical meaning. In order to implement tone for a language such as Sesotho, it is necessary for a tone modeling algorithm to receive as input the tone labels of the syllables of a word. This allows the algorithm to predict the appropriate intonation of the word. The aim of our study is to improve a basic tone labeling algorithm that predicts tone labels using three Sesotho tonal rules. The application of this algorithm is restricted to polysyllabic verb stems. The research study involves implementing an extended tone labeling algorithm that implements four additional Sesotho tonal rules and extends its application to all the other parts of speech.
Domination Through the Ages Domination Through the Ages Новинка

Domination Through the Ages

This work studies and compares T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" and William Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" in the light of Ecofeminist theory and in conjuction with the ideas of Judith Butler and Michael Faucault on power and sexuality. It aims to explore the idea that there is a similar discourse of male domination in these two works, and although some aspects of this discourse alter over the years, the core of the discourse of male power and domination in these two texts seems to be closely related.
Considering 26/11 (Mumbai): Media Hypes and Peace Process Considering 26/11 (Mumbai): Media Hypes and Peace Process Новинка

Considering 26/11 (Mumbai): Media Hypes and Peace Process

This research is a deliberate attempt to examine the editorial treatment of the 2008 Mumbai Attacks in the news papers - DAWN and Times of India - of both India and Pakistan in between November 26, 2008 and November 26, 2009. The main interest lies in the media’s role in shaping foreign as well as public policy discourse through its framing. For that matter, editorial treatment of both the papers is thoroughly examined to understand that How they interpret the unfolding of the Mumbai massacre for their readers by pointing fingers on who or what forces? And How they interpret salience of the story and eventually frame and narrate the discourse in their editorials of defense and foreign policy decision making debate in the changing nature of Indo-Pak relations proceeding the one year of [26/11] Mumbai attacks.
The Construction of Meaning in Intercultural Communication The Construction of Meaning in Intercultural Communication Новинка

The Construction of Meaning in Intercultural Communication

The book is based on an empirical study of verbal communication between native speakers of english and romanians speaking english. The study integrates the pragmatic notion of 'activity type' as a working framework within the interactional sociolinguistic theoretical paradigm of conversational inference in intercultural encounters. The aim is to investigate in detail the procedures whereby participants, coming from different social and cultural backgrounds, make sense of each others' talk, and to attempt to understand the complex interactional and institutional problems in which culture is embedded. The findings suggest that participants adapt rather well and negotiate together a commonly shared definition of the situation. They also suggest that it cannot be taken for granted that cultural difference remains a stable given.
Cultural Managers as Intercultural Leaders Cultural Managers as Intercultural Leaders Новинка

Cultural Managers as Intercultural Leaders

The intercultural tensions between Estonian-and Russian-speaking population in Estonia persist despite integration activities. The role of arts and cultural management in these activities is central in author's opinion and thus this book should be relevant for anyone working in or connected to the field. While the education process of cultural managers has developed a lot a number of managers still working in the field has received degrees before internationalisation and educational reforms. Nowadays they can profit from the active learning methods and experiential approach. Moreover, if they are aware of the differences in how people learn, then as leaders, managers, mentors, they can support and guide others more appropriately in their work as well as intercultural communication and cooperation. Although this book focuses on the Estonian situation it is equally valuable for diverse cultural contexts due to its cross-disciplinary approach in general and educational perspective in particular. One of the main findings, for example, demonstrates the lack of reflection and conceptualisation skills as well as underestimation of (formal) education by the managers.
Shrines, Oath-taking and Jurisprudence in Yoruba and Igbo Religions Shrines, Oath-taking and Jurisprudence in Yoruba and Igbo Religions Новинка

Shrines, Oath-taking and Jurisprudence in Yoruba and Igbo Religions

The book contains the findings of over one year research on the intersection of African indigenous religion and Jurisprudence. The research was conducted among the Yoruba people of Southwest and the Igbo of Southeast of Nigeria. Particular emphasis was laid on Ogun, Sango and Ayelala shrines among the Yoruba and Okija shrines among the Igbo. Using Afrocentric epistemology, and phenomenology of religion, the study forcefully argues that the administration of the universe should not be left to man alone. This reasons out why African jurisprudence fuses religion and reason. Since religion permeates every facet of the lives of indigenous African peoples, it is essential that, in order to cultivate a jurisprudence that is indigenous to Africa, African indigenous religion is indispensable. Oath taking that will really be potent should therefore put into consideration the place of African deities.
The Comic Mode in Evelyn Waugh's Fiction The Comic Mode in Evelyn Waugh's Fiction Новинка

The Comic Mode in Evelyn Waugh's Fiction

This work focuses on the comic mode in Waugh’s fiction and mainly deals with his novels between 1928 and 1938. It has a two-part structure, in which the former is rooted predominantly in the field of discourse analysis. The latter considers, besides the literary aspects of the novels under discussion, the social and cultural context in which Waugh wrote. Discourse analysis techniques and principles are focused on the "use of language", "speech" and "conversation", and the paper deals with such concepts at large, seeing how they function in the creation of the comic mode. Throughout the paper, the author analyses the way Evelyn Waugh constructs his plots and ministers the fates of his characters. The uncertainty his heroes experience is a human universal that manages to destroy the comfortable sense of smugness society builds around the modern man.
Idoma, Igala, Igbo Relations Idoma, Igala, Igbo Relations Новинка

Idoma, Igala, Igbo Relations

Inter-group relations in our area of study has been cast in the Hobbesian hue of endless internecine conflicts; in the domination-submission mould, with the Igala portrayed as the dominant force and the Igbo and Idoma as the subservient peoples. Very little thought has been given to perspectives of mutuality of interest, interdependence and autonomy of political actions among our focal communities. This study has dissented from these conventional perspectives and has stressed mutuality, autonomy and occasional conflictual relations which most often, did not go down beyond the veneer to the marrow. Given the litany of stereotypes and prejudices encountered in the study of Igala influences in Igboland, there is the need to understand the dynamics of inter-group relations in our study area, namely the contiguous Igala, Idoma and Igbo communities. However, the litany of markets across the borders is suggestive of the peaceful atmosphere of the area, as markets do not thrive in Hobbesian conditions. The conventional portrayal of Idoma, Igala and Igbo borders as occupied by cantankerous peoples who do not see eye-to-eye with each other is misleading.
The Act of Documenting: Documentary Film in the 21st Century The Act of Documenting: Documentary Film in the 21st Century Новинка

The Act of Documenting: Documentary Film in the 21st Century

Documentary has never attracted such audiences, never been produced with such ease from so many corners of the globe, never embraced such variety of expression. The very distinctions between the filmed, the filmer and the spectator are being dissolved. The Act of Documenting addresses what this means for documentary’s 21st century position as a genus in the “class” cinema; for its foundations as, primarily, a scientistic, eurocentric and patriarchal discourse; for its future in a world where assumptions of photographic image integrity cannot be sustained. Unpacked are distinctions between performance and performativy and between different levels of interaction, linearity and hypertextuality, engagement and impact, ethics and conditions of reception. Winston, Vanstone and Wang Chi explore and celebrate documentary's potentials in the digital age.
Pragmatics and the discourse of drama Pragmatics and the discourse of drama Новинка

Pragmatics and the discourse of drama

This book deals with the notion of pragmatics as applied to characters'' relationship in Wole Soyinka''s play “The Lion and the Jewel”. The book presents briefly the notion of speech acts and pragmatics as applied to the discourse of drama. It discusses more extensively the view that the theory of speech acts and pragmatics in dramatic dialogue cannot be seen devoid of the relationship between all linguistic features that make up the story line to be evidence for the relationship between characters. The author explains, and illustrates, basic concepts such as Speech Acts, Principles of cooperation, Turn-taking and topic control, Felicity conditions, Politeness phenomena and Schema theory, providing a clear, concise foundation for further studies.
Outsourcing and innovation performance in the UK furniture industry Outsourcing and innovation performance in the UK furniture industry Новинка

Outsourcing and innovation performance in the UK furniture industry

The relationships between outsourcing and innovation performance in the UK furniture manufacturing industry are investigated in this study. This study contributes to the discourse by showing that innovation performance is affected by outsourcing decisions. First, outsourcing peripheral activities has no impact on innovation. Second, performing core activities does have a positive influence on innovation performance. Furthermore, the findings support previous documented relationship found between capabilities and product and process innovation by revealing key enablers, which are particular to the furniture industry. There is a strong correlation between customer-focus strategies and innovation performance. Furniture manufacturers are attuned to customer design preferences through critical buyer channels. Other key findings highlight the association between firm size and innovation and the importance of innovation capabilities for medium size firms.
Social Semiotics and Television Advertisements: Nigerian Example Social Semiotics and Television Advertisements: Nigerian Example Новинка

Social Semiotics and Television Advertisements: Nigerian Example

This book provides readers with insights into various ideologies conveyed by television advertisements in Nigeria. It reiterates the place of advertisements in promoting products and socio-cultural artifacts and stance of a nation. Nigeria is an example of a multicultural society with unavoidable conflicts as a result of evolving multiple identities and fragmentations. Each ethnic group negotiates a place in the global world and in the Nigerian context. These multiplicities and fragmentations are well articulated. A point of convergence is located between social semiotics and multimodal discourse (multimodality). It states that social semiotics is a broader approach for the analysis of multimodal discourse such as television advertisements. This approach is all-encompassing as it merges verbal and non-verbal language (semiotic resources) as inseparable in conveying advertising messages and socio-cultural viewpoints.
The Act of Documenting: Documentary Film in the 21st Century The Act of Documenting: Documentary Film in the 21st Century Новинка

The Act of Documenting: Documentary Film in the 21st Century

Documentary has never attracted such audiences, never been produced with such ease from so many corners of the globe, never embraced such variety of expression. The very distinctions between the filmed, the filmer and the spectator are being dissolved. The Act of Documenting addresses what this means for documentary’s 21st century position as a genus in the “class” cinema; for its foundations as, primarily, a scientistic, eurocentric and patriarchal discourse; for its future in a world where assumptions of photographic image integrity cannot be sustained. Unpacked are distinctions between performance and performativy and between different levels of interaction, linearity and hypertextuality, engagement and impact, ethics and conditions of reception. Winston, Vanstone and Wang Chi explore and celebrate documentary's potentials in the digital age.
Interpreting political discourse Interpreting political discourse Новинка

Interpreting political discourse

Politicians have enjoyed relatively fair freedom of expression since the re-introduction of multiparty politics in Kenya in 1992. This has led to a great deal of verbal attack and exchanges between opposing sides as often captured by various media. This study investigates politicians' talk, how they manipulate language to communicate and the kinds of meanings that audiences construct for this political discourse. It is emphasized that for discourse to mean and consequently function as it is expected to, consideration of the context in terms of participants, setting, historical and/or political background knowledge is essential.
The Simulation of Intimacy in Australian Online Advertising The Simulation of Intimacy in Australian Online Advertising Новинка

The Simulation of Intimacy in Australian Online Advertising

Online advertising is a relatively new linguistic genre, situated somewhere between written and spoken discourse, traditional advertising language and Netspeak, and between mass and personal communication, on which little scientific research has been done so far. What distinguishes online advertising most from traditional advertising is that it opens up the possibility of addressing customers more directly, or of making them believe they are addressed directly, which allows the advertiser to create – or simulate – intimate conversations with their audience. This is reflected in the language of online advertisements on many levels, ranging from syntactic structures to specific vocabulary to pragmatic tools, such as presuppositions and simulated turn taking. The work at hand analyses the linguistic elements of Web advertising associated with the creation and simulation of intimacy on the word-, sentence- and discourse level.
Neo-liberal Governance Through Press Discourse On Youth Misconduct Neo-liberal Governance Through Press Discourse On Youth Misconduct Новинка

Neo-liberal Governance Through Press Discourse On Youth Misconduct

In employing Michel Foucault’s genealogical method to undertake an impressive, multilayered analysis of discourse, the author examines recent discursive changes regarding youth misconduct and misbehaving youth in Toronto news media. In doing so, the author sheds light on the media's place in society and the role of the media in the process of governance. The author's governmentality perspective on the place of media in society maintains that media discourse can reflect, validate and even render strategies of governance more efficient.
Beyond the Nation Beyond the Nation Новинка

Beyond the Nation

Beyond the Nation deals with Third World women’s literary and cinematic intervention in the gendered discourse of the nation through a multicultural feminist reading of Monica Ali’s Brick Lane (2003), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus (2004) and Marziyeh Meshkini’s film The Day I Became a Woman (2000). The book argues for the texts’ production of the discourse of post-gendered nationalism and glocal national identity through subverting the binary logic of nationalist/fundamentalist and imperialist discourses, and charting a synthesis between silence/ speech, private/public, feminine/feminist and local/global.
Ideologies of Israeli and Palestinian Media in Covering Conflict Ideologies of Israeli and Palestinian Media in Covering Conflict Новинка

Ideologies of Israeli and Palestinian Media in Covering Conflict

I investigated the media coverage of two Israeli and two Palestinian media sources through the escalation of violence in Gaza in the period 20-25 December, 2013. The main purpose behind this research was to reveal how ideologies affect media articles in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (IPC). This book compares the language use between the Israeli and Palestinian media. It also compares the language use between Israeli left wing and right wing media. In addition to the comparison in the language use between Palestinian Hamas owned media and independent media. The critical discourse analysis of the four news sources confirmed the theory of van Dijk (1998) that discourse is crucial in the creation and distribution of ideologies. The language use, text and communication are primarily used by group members to learn, persuade, and convey ideologies. Where ideologies are belief systems shared by social groups to construct core identity and determine the relations to other social groups (van Dijk, 2006). The analysis of the 31 articles, illustrates the different approaches of reporting by the four news sources throughout the latest escalation of violence in Gaza during December, 2013.

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