ERIC Number: ED249559
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A New Relationship: Intercultural Communication and Discourse Analysis.
Baker, Deborah C.
The current style-specific theories of human communication include the public speaking style, the relationship style, and the message communication style. It now appears that intercultural communication may emerge as the fourth style-specific theory as a result of scholars' concern over the ethnocentric bias found in the study of communication. The claim that intercultural communication is a style-specific theory is significant inasmuch as it guides and clarifies research goals. A focus on the development of intercultural communication as a style-specific theory should encourage researchers to find the best means of describing intercultural encounters and explicating the most critical factors in this type of encounter. This can be accomplished by discourse analysis, which concentrates on the study of conversation, especially dyadic conversation. In particular, attention should be paid to changes in the structure of the conversation or the outcomes of the conversation based on cultural differences. Of significant interest should be the ways interactants' knowledge of conversation varies. And finally, for discourse analysis to become a fruitful avenue of research, the analysts should adopt a rhetorical perspective, thus providing more information about the interaction and increasing levels of awareness. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Chicago, IL, April 12-14, 1984).