From cultural adaptation to cross-cultural discursive competence

Zhu, Y. (2008) From cultural adaptation to cross-cultural discursive competence. Discourse & Communication, 2 2: 185-204. doi:10.1177/1750481307088483

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Author Zhu, Y.
Title From cultural adaptation to cross-cultural discursive competence
Journal name Discourse & Communication   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1750-4813
Publication date 2008
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1750481307088483
Volume 2
Issue 2
Start page 185
End page 204
Total pages 20
Editor Dijk, T. A.
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Abstract Cross-cultural competence is often studied as part of the foreigner's one-way adaptation to the host culture while ignoring the dynamic nature of adaptation at the discourse level of interactions. To address this issue, this article proposes a conceptual model to study cross-cultural discursive competence exhibited in individual interactions in business settings. The model is based on relational empathy and genre theories and, in particular, it develops the notional concepts of `cultural space' and `text reconstruction' that stress a two-way cultural adaptation underpinned by building relational empathy and intercultural alliances. In addition, the study proposes that the triangulation of cultural, institutional and sociocognitive spaces is the key to understanding and interpreting text reconstruction as a dynamic process of two-way cultural adaptation. The three-space model is exemplified through an analysis of cross-cultural interactions that occurred at a business negotiation meeting.
Keyword cross-cultural discursive competence
cultural space
text reconstruction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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