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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 to pragmatics 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, an early 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 by generating 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.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199892655
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 548 g
Dimensions: 241 x 163 x 29 mm


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Intercultural Pragmatics provides a state-of-the-art theory-driven account of intercultural communication within the range of pragmatics. Its prodigious arguments on the discursive principles of intercultural encounters and its versatile adaptation of general pragmatic resources to intercultural pragmatics research confirm Istvan Kecskes profile as the most respected authority on intercultural pragmatics. I therefore strongly commend the book to all scholars interested in pragmatics, cultural studies, linguistic anthropology and sociology of language. * Akin Odebunmi, Discourse Studies *
I think that his [Kecske's] concern for linguistics as part of the humanities has to be heavily applauded. This is an important book no one can deny this. Furthermore, I suspect this book is only the tip of the iceberg. This book stimulates more to come * Alessandro Capone, University of Messina, Australian journal of Linguistics *
I am convinced that Kecskes' volume is likely to become a classic in pragmatics, due to both its respectful debate with traditional theories, and also its exploration of innovative niches of research in language, culture, and society. * Jesus Romero-Trillo, Applied Linguistics *
this book makes a substantial contribution in a rapidly developing area. It provides many perceptive insights and discussions that readers of Language and Dialogue will appreciate, and Kecskes makes a convincing case for the contribution of current pragmatic theories to debates in areas such as the theorization of (im)politeness. * Janet Holmes, Language and Dialogue *
Intercultural Pragmatics by Istvan Kecskes is an extremely valuable and orginal piece of work for any student, scholar or researcher interested in the huge fields of pragmatics, intercultural pragmatics and interaction across genres, contexts and cultures. * Anita Fetzer, Pragmatics and Cognition *
likely to become widely quoted in an area of study that keeps growing through international conferences and journals. * Roberto A. Valdeon, Revista de Lenguas para Fines Especificos *
The logical organization of the book, as evident from its sequencing of chapters, makes it reader-friendly. * Mohammad Nodoushan, Pragmatics and Society *
The book Intercultural Pragmatics, with its original synthesis of existing pragmatic theories and detailed discussion of methodological approaches, combined with careful analysis of conversational examples, is an important step forward. * Yi-Ju Lai, Sociolinguistics *

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