The selected articles compiled in the present volume are based on contributions prepared for the 17th International L.A.U.D. (Linguistic Agency University of Duisburg) Symposium held at the University of Duisburg on 23-27 March 1992. The 13 papers in this book focus on problems and issues of intercultural communication. The first part is devoted to theoretical aspects related to the interaction of language and culture and deals with the issue from anthropological, cognitive, and linguistic points of view. Part II raises issues of language policy and language planning such as the manipulation of language in intercultural contact; it includes case studies pertaining to multilingual settings, for example in Africa, Australia, Melanesia, and Europe. The volume opens with a foreword by Dell H. Hymes.
1. List of contributors; 2. Foreword; 3. Introduction (by Putz, Martin); 4. Part I: Theoretical orientations: The interaction of language and culture; 5. Radical cultural difference: Anthropology's myth? (by Keesing, Roger M.); 6. Culture, cognition, and grammar (by Langacker, Ronald W.); 7. Areal influence on grammaticalization (by Heine, Bernd); 8. "Cultural scripts": A new approach to the study of cross-cultural communication (by Wierzbicka, Anna); 9. Language and cross-cultural communication (by Bamgbose, Ayo); 10. Communication disruptions: On benefits and disadvantages of language contact (by Ehlich, Konrad); 11. Part II: Case studies: The manipulation of language in intercultural contact; 12. European languages in African society and culture: A view on cultural authenticity (by Tengan, Alexis B.); 13. The context of language planning in Africa: An illustration with Nigeria (by Adegbija, Efurosibina); 14. A prognosis for language management in the Third Republic (by Brann, Conrad Max Benedict); 15. Revalorizing the autochthonous languages of Africa (by Webb, Victor); 16. Cultural variation in the interrelation of speech acts and turn-talking (by Clyne, Michael); 17. Intercultural contact and communication in South-East Papua New Guinea (by Dutton, Tom); 18. Towards an independent and ethnically pure Flanders (by Deprez, Kas); 19. Subject index