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Language shock understanding the culture of conversation by Michael Agar

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Published by Wm. Morrow in New York .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Language and culture

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [259]-272) and index.

StatementMichael Agar.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsP35 .A37 1994
The Physical Object
Pagination284 p. ;
Number of Pages284
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1718678M
ISBN 100688123996
LC Control Number92021470

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The key to communication, says linguistic anthropologist Michael Agar, is understanding the context and culture of conversation. In Language Shock, Agar reveals how deeply our language and cultural values intertwine to define who we are and how we relate to one another. From paying an electric bill in Austria to opening a bank account in Mexico to handling a parking ticket in the United States Cited by:   The key to communication, says linguistic anthropologist Michael Agar, is understanding the context and culture of conversation. In Language Shock, Agar reveals how deeply our language and cultural values intertwine to define who we are and how we relate to one another. From paying an electric bill in Austria to opening a bank account in Mexico to handling a parking ticket in the United States. Perceptive anecdotes from Austria, India, and Mexico, from heroin-addict treatment centers, scuba dives, and linguistics conferences pepper this primer on the intricacies of cross-cultural discourse and ordinary conversation. Coining the term ``languaculture'' to merge two somewhat ambiguous concepts into one slightly less uncertain term, Agar, a professor of linguistic anthropology (Univ. of Author: Michael Agar. 16 LANGUAGE SHOCK tightly. The tendency is to draw a circle around language, to herd neat sentences into the corral and wrangle out the parts of speech. But most problems with language, the problems that come up when you try to use it to communicate, aren't about sentences and parts of File Size: KB.

What is Language Shock? Definition of Language Shock: The challenge of understanding and communicating in a second language in an unfamiliar environment, and confusion about the norms of behavior in a new cultural setting. Language Shock, Culture Shock and How to Cope by Pat Hile, Guatemala. Once there was a mouse hole with three mice inside. One day they decided to go for a walk, but suddenly they heard a cat meowing. The mice were afraid and did not go for a walk. One of the mice listened carefully to see if .   Britt-Marie speaks the language of culture shock when she says, “It’s hard not to want to go back to your normal life once you know how difficult it is to start again.” And yet, Britt-Marie was not quite ready to go back with Kent and wanted one more night. Modern society is loaded with cultural differences. Michael Agar's fascinating new book, Language shock, shows how we unconsciously bring such differences to life-through our everyday language. It is with language, ultimately, that we express who we are and what is important in our world. In fact, language is so deeply rooted in culture (and vice versa) that linguistic anthropologist Michael.

Buy Language Shock: Understanding the Culture of Conversation by Michael H Agar online at Alibris. We have new and used copies available, in 2 editions - starting at $ Shop now. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Language Shock: Understanding the Culture of Conversation. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS More information about this seller | Contact this seller Modern society is loaded with cultural differences. Michael Agar's fascinating new book, Language Shock, shows how we unconsciously bring such differences to life - through our everyday language. It is with language, ultimately, that we express who we are and what is important in our world. In fact, language is so deeply rooted in culture (and vice versa) that linguistic anthropologist Michael. Perceptive anecdotes from Austria, India, and Mexico, from heroin-addict treatment centers, scuba dives, and linguistics conferences pepper this primer on the intricacies of cross-cultural discourse and ordinary conversation. Coining the term ""languaculture"" to merge two somewhat ambiguous concepts into one slightly less uncertain term, Agar, a professor of linguistic anthropology (Univ. of.