9780262536097-0262536099-Getting Through: The Pleasures and Perils of Cross-Cultural Communication (The MIT Press)

Getting Through: The Pleasures and Perils of Cross-Cultural Communication (The MIT Press)

ISBN-13: 9780262536097
ISBN-10: 0262536099
Edition: Reprint
Author: Kreuz, Roger, Roberts, Richard
Publication date: 2018
Publisher: The MIT Press
Format: Paperback 298 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780262536097
ISBN-10: 0262536099
Edition: Reprint
Author: Kreuz, Roger, Roberts, Richard
Publication date: 2018
Publisher: The MIT Press
Format: Paperback 298 pages

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Acknowledged authors Kreuz, Roger, Roberts, Richard wrote Getting Through: The Pleasures and Perils of Cross-Cultural Communication (The MIT Press) comprising 298 pages back in 2018. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0262536099 and 9780262536097. Since then Getting Through: The Pleasures and Perils of Cross-Cultural Communication (The MIT Press) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Understanding how culture affects the ways we communicate―how we tell jokes, greet, ask questions, hedge, apologize, compliment, and so much more.

We can learn to speak other languages, but do we truly understand what we are saying? How much detail should we offer when someone asks how we are? How close should we stand to our conversational partners? Is an invitation genuine or just pro forma? So much of communication depends on culture and context. In Getting Through, Roger Kreuz and Richard Roberts offer a guide to understanding and being understood in different cultures. Drawing on research from psychology, linguistics, sociology, and other fields, as well as personal experience, anecdotes, and popular culture, Kreuz and Roberts describe cross-cultural communication in terms of pragmatics―exploring how language is used and not just what words mean.

Sometimes this is easy to figure out. If someone hisses “I'm fine!” though clenched teeth, we can assume that she's not really fine. But sometimes the context, cultural or otherwise, is more nuanced. For example, a visitor from another country might be taken aback when an American offers a complaint (“Cold out today!”) as a greeting. And should you apologize the same way in Tokyo as you would in Toledo? Kreuz and Roberts help us navigate such subtleties. It's a fascinating way to think about human interaction, but it's not purely academic: The more we understand one another, the better we can communicate, and the better we can communicate, the more we can avoid conflict.

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