Intercultural Pragmatics

Authored by: Alessia Cogo , Juliane House

The Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415531412
eBook ISBN: 9781315668925
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315668925-15

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Abstract

Intercultural pragmatics is a field of research characterised by a concern with language use in (oral or written) discourse between members of different mother tongues and cultures. To understand the nature of intercultural pragmatics as a distinctive field of inquiry, it is first necessary to set it off from two other well-known, adjacent research paradigms: cross-cultural pragmatics and interlanguage pragmatics. According to Kecskes (2012: 68), both cross-cultural and interlanguage pragmatics are based on three theoretical constructs: Gricean pragmatics (1975), Brown and Levinson’s (1987) politeness theory and the so-called interlanguage hypothesis (cf. Selinker 1972). The most important and long-standing common research foci of cross-cultural and interlanguage pragmatics have been politeness and pragmatic transfer, reflecting an underlying monolingual and cross-cultural stance that derives from a belief in the independence of linguistic and cultural systems as well as an assumption of the universality of politeness and the cooperative principle.

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