ERIC Number: ED098800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Understanding Human Interaction: The Study of Everyday Life and Ordinary Talk.
Watson, Karen Ann
Topics in Culture Learning, v2 1974
Culture learning includes the study not only of the highest artistic expression of a people, but also of the everyday patterns of communication and behavior. Recent sociolinguistic studies take the view that social rules, rights, and duties are properties not of individuals but of interaction itself, and are constantly changing. This implies that social organization derives not from an idealized structure but from continually evolving everyday life. In order to communicate in a language, therefore, it is necessary to learn a community's rules for speaking along with the language's grammatical structure. Conversational analysis may eventually be used to solve problems of culture learning and cross-cultural interaction. (CK)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. East-West Center.