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ERIC Number: ED360821
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 27
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Patterns of Inter-Cultural Communication in Melbourne Factories: Some Research in Progress.
Clyne, Michael
Working Papers of the National Languages Institute of Australia, v1 n1 p5-30 1991
This paper reports on research conducted in the Language and Society Centre of the National Languages Institute of Australia, Monash University, into interaction in English between non-native speakers from different ethnolinguistic backgrounds. The project emphasizes two aspects of verbal interaction where language-specific rules are closely linked with cultural value systems: the pragmatic, communicative level of language and the organization of discourse. Most of the corpus comprises spontaneous communication audiorecorded from workplace interactions between key non-English-speaking background (NESB) informants and other NESB speakers. A corpus of sample speech acts derived from the project are presented. Contrasts in communication patterns that were noted by informants between central and southern Europeans and east and southeast Asians are discussed. It is suggested that intercultural variation in the interpretation and production of speech acts is determined by differences in cultural value systems. Policy implications of the study for teaching English as a Second Language are addressed. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia