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Cultural identities in international, interorganisational meetings: a corpus-informed discourse analysis of indexical we

Handford, Michael 2014. Cultural identities in international, interorganisational meetings: a corpus-informed discourse analysis of indexical we. Language and Intercultural Communication 14 (1) , pp. 41-58. 10.1080/14708477.2013.866123

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Abstract

To date, there have been very few studies employing corpus techniques in the analysis of intercultural interactions. This study analyses the indexing of cultural identities in international, interorganisational meetings. The approach used draws on methods and insights from corpus linguistics and discourse analysis, professional communication, intercultural studies and identity studies. It explores how a statistically significant single item, we, in specialised corpora of authentic professional meetings, signals different identities at different moments in the unfolding discourse. Specifically, two research questions are answered: What cultural identities are explicitly indexed in business meetings through we? What can corpus linguistics contribute to IC studies? While the first question comprises the bulk of the paper, the second question is discussed in the final section, along with limitations of the approach applied here.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords: ‘we’, professional discourse, cultural identities, corpus linguistics, international meetings, interorganizational meetings
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1470-8477
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2019 14:00
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/87993

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