Performing intercultural pragmatics: laughter and the need for repair

Phipps, A. (2016) Performing intercultural pragmatics: laughter and the need for repair. In: Galajda, D. and Zakrajewski, P. (eds.) Researching Second Language Learning and Teaching from a Psycholinguistic Perspective: Studies in Honour of Danuta Gabryś-Barker. Series: Second Language Learning and Teaching. Springer International Publishing, pp. 149-165. ISBN 9783319319537 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-31954-4_11)

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This paper examines the role of laughter in intercultural pragmatics. It takes as its starting point the data collected as part of the University of Lancaster’s PIC project, investigating intercultural communication during the year abroad of foreign language assistants in France and England. The paper examines the pragmatics of laughter and the interstices of what is not said but is revealed through humour in a variety of different ways by the use of laughter. Goffman’s understanding of frames, face and roles in staging everyday interactions play a key role in the interpretation of the data alongside Turner’s understandings of social drama. The way in which intercultural encounters insert new, messy social encounters into everyday life and professional interactions is connected to the uses of laughter for repair in intercultural pragmatics.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Phipps, Professor Alison
Authors: Phipps, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Creativity Culture and Faith
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy
Journal Name:Hospitality and Society
Publisher:Springer International Publishing

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