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Human Encounters

Introduction to Intercultural Communication

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Øyvind Dahl

This book gives a comprehensive introduction to intercultural communication in the era of globalization. The reader is introduced to essential concepts in the field, different theories and methods of analysing communication, the importance of verbal and nonverbal languages for bringing about mutual understanding and, finally, the ethical challenges that arise.

The volume also has a practical aspect. The author discusses subjects such as handling encounters with people using foreign languages; incorporating different life styles and world views; the use of interpreters; non-familiar body language; different understandings of time; relocation in new settings; the use of power and how to deal with cultural conflicts generally.

Published in English for the first time following a very successful original edition in Norwegian, this richly-illustrated book offers a refreshing and engaging introduction to intercultural understanding.

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Oyvind Dahl

En sa qualité d’introduction à la communication interculturelle, ce livre présente les concepts principaux du domaine et les di_ érentes théories et méthodes d’analyse qui en relèvent. Y sont notamment explorés les enjeux du langage verbal et non verbal dans la recherché de la compréhension mutuelle, ainsi que les questions éthiques qu’elle soulève.

L’ouvrage aborde la communication interculturelle dans sa dimension concrète au travers d’une multitude de sujets, tels que la rencontre en langue étrangère, l’assimilation d’autres modes de vie et visions du monde, le recours à l’interprète, les réactions au langage corporel, les di_ érentes conceptions du temps, l’installation dans un nouvel environnement, les rapports de pouvoir et, plus généralement, la gestion des conflits d’ordre culturel.

Initialement publié en norvégien puis en anglais, ce manuel, très di_ usé, a également été traduit en russe et désormais en français. Richement illustré, il o_ re une découverte attrayante et vivifiante du champ de la communication interculturelle.

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Human Encounters

Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Oyvind Dahl

This book gives a comprehensive introduction to intercultural communication. The reader is introduced to essential concepts in the field, different theories and methods of analysing communication, the importance of verbal and nonverbal languages for bringing about mutual understanding and, finally, the ethical challenges that arise.

The volume also has a practical aspect. The author discusses subjects such as handling encounters with people using foreign languages; incorporating different life styles and world views; the use of interpreters, non-familiar bodylanguage; different understandings of time; relocation in new settings; the use of power and how to deal with cultural conflicts generally.

Published as a general textbook in English for the first time following a very successful original edition in Norwegian, also translated to Russian and French, this richly-illustrated book offers a refreshing and engaging introduction to intercultural understanding