ERIC Number: ED341272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Symbolic Internationalization: Beyond the Practical Use of Foreign Languages in Intercultural Communication.
Symbolic internationalization is an elementary feature of industrialized society. The phenomena accompanying foreign language use will affect daily habits of communication as long as commercial advertising, mass media entertainment, and cosmopolitan approaches remain part of modern life styles. A national language no longer suffices to satisfy all communication needs. Speech and language professionals must accept the presence of symbolic functions of foreign languages and linguistic influences. The most flexible attitude towards symbolic internationalization involves an acknowledgement of the human need for emotion and even irrationalism in an otherwise technocratic world. Contains 22 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Communication and Discourse across Cultures and Languages. AFinLa Yearbook 1991; see FL 020 041.