Title
Intercultural communication and the challenges of migrationIntercultural communication and the challenges of migration
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Research group
Antwerp Center for Pragmatics (IPrA Research Center)
Publication type
article
Publication
Clevedon,
Source (journal)
Language and intercultural communication. - Clevedon, 2001, currens
Volume/pages
8(2008):1, p. 21-35
ISSN
1470-8477
1747-759X
ISI
000262240100003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This paper discusses some basic properties of intercultural communication (treated from the point of view of linguistic pragmatics as fundamentally similar to any other form of communication, and emphasising the need to move radically away from any essentialist substantiation of 'culture') against the background of contexts of migration. Three fields of tension are distinguished in the way in which meanings are generated under (predominantly institutional) conditions of asymmetric power relationships: the tension between communicative intentions and inferencing processes; the tension between culture-related assumptions and what is actually said; and the tension between legal frames of interpretation and the intrinsic properties of life stories.
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