Negotiating cross-cultural difference in electronic discussion

Hanna, Barbara E. & de Nooy, Juliana (2004) Negotiating cross-cultural difference in electronic discussion. Multilingua - Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 23(3), pp. 257-281.

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Although a good deal of research exists both on computer-mediated communication (CMC) and on cross-cultural communication, rarely are the two areas brought together. In practice however, extrapolation from one context to the other is common, with the internet and email being increasingly used to teach cross-cultural communication. What assumptions about the transfer of culture into cyberspace inform these practices? And are these assumptions well-founded? This paper explores practices of discussion on French and British internet media sites to determine the extent to which they reflect communicative practices elsewhere in those cultures. The case studies underline the importance of attending to the interaction between culture and genre, and have pedagogical implications for the use of such sites in the teaching of cross-cultural communication.

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ID Code: 6711
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: crosscultural communication, British, French, media websites, intercultural difference
DOI: 10.1515/mult.2004.012
ISSN: 0167-8507
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LANGUAGE STUDIES (200300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LINGUISTICS (200400)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Walter de Gruyter
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Deposited On: 28 Mar 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:39

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