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Title: Written Communication Across Cultures
Subtitle: A Sociocognitive Perspective on Business Genres
Written By: Yunxia Zhu
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=P%26bns%20141
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 141
Description:

This book explores effective written communication across cultures both
theoretically and practically. Specifically it conceptualizes
cross-cultural genre study and compares English and Chinese business
writing collected from Australia, New Zealand and China. It is also one of
those inspired by contrastive rhetoric but has contributed innovatively and
uniquely by incorporating research findings from genre analysis, in
particular, the sociocognitive genre perspective into this cross-cultural
study.

On the one hand, the endeavor represents an in-depth theoretical
exploration by considering not only discourse community and cognitive
structuring, but also the deep semantics of genre and intertextuality,
while broadening genre study by integrating insights from cross-cultural
communication as well as the Chinese perspectives. On the other hand, the
book also addresses pragmatic issues. As a particular feature, it solicits
professional members' intercultural viewpoints; thus confirming the shared
social "stock of knowledge" employed in the culturally defined writing
conventions.

Last but not least, this book explores the implications for genre education
and training, and develops an appropriate model for cross-cultural genre
learning, which encourages learning through legitimate peripheral
participation and intercultural learning in business organizations.


Table of contents

List of figures xi
List of tables xiii
Notation conventions xv
Preface xvii–xviii
1. Introduction and outline 1–7
2. Communication across cultures 9–25
3. Conceptual framework: A dual perspective 27–60
4. Research design 61–69
5. Comparing English and Chinese sales letters 71–99
6. Comparing English and Chinese sales invitations 101–122
7. Comparing English and Chinese business faxes 123–154
8. Cross-Cultural genre teaching: Actions and implications 155–176
9. Summaries and conclusions 177–188
References 189–202
Appendices 203–208
Name index 209–211
Subject Index 213–215

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Pragmatics
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
English
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027253846
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xviii,216
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
U.S. $ 142