Language Inequality and Distortion in Intercultural Communication: A Critical Theory Approach (Pragmatics & Beyond VII:7)
By: Yukio Tsuda (author)Paperback
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This study sheds light on the problem of communicative inequality, neglected both by linguists and communication scholars, among speakers of different languages. It provides a four-step Critical Theory analysis of language-based inequality and distortion between speakers of a few dominant languages, especially English, and speakers of minority languages in the context of international and intercultural communication. Based on a theoretical framework of "Distorted Communication" developed by J. Habermas and C. Muller, the analysis focuses on a critical description, definition, and interpretation of "Distorted Intercultural Communication", and exposes the ideology that legitimates linguistic inequality and distortion in communication.
1. List of Tables; 2. List of Figures; 3. Introduction; 4. 1. Critical Theory Approach to Language Inequalities; 5. 1.1 Critical theory and scientific inquiries; 6. 1.2 A critique of the positivist approach; 7. 1.3 Critical theory; 8. 1.4 A critical theory approach to language inequalities; 9. 2 Language Inequality in Distorted Intercultural Communication; 10. 2.1 Distorted communication; 11. 2.2 Distorted intercultural communication; 12. 2.3 Summary; 13. 3. The Ideology of Civilization and Western Domination; 14. 3.1 The critique of ideology; 15. 3.2 The genesis of the ideology of "civilization"; 16. 3.3 Expansion of the Western "civilization"; 17. 3.4 Structural domination of the Western "civilization"; 18. 3.5 Summary; 19. 4. Conclusion; 20. References
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