The Subjective Dimension
Edited By Arnd Witte and Theo Harden
The essays in this volume explore the subjective dimension of intercultural language learning, ranging from theoretical considerations to empirical studies and providing stimulating insights into this important area of study.
The Role of Corporeal Communication in Foreign Language Learning as Intercultural Experience
To address subjective experiences in intercultural encounters as far as foreign language acquisition is concerned invites discussion on a considerable number of scientific disciplines: first, those which pretend to determine what subjectivity of experience means, as analytical philosophy and cognitivist psychology, phenomenology and hermeneutics do. Second, those which are dealing with cultural matters as sociolinguistics, cultural studies, cultural psychology, crosscultural psychology, general vs. historical anthropology and crosscultural vs. intercultural studies. Third, those which contribute to language learning as language pedagogy, applied linguistics, speech act theory, psycholinguistics, learning psychology and learning theory. This list is probably just an approximation. The present paper will follow this threefold structure of dealing with the topic. Not being a linguistic contribution, this article uses the term ‘foreign language learning’ in a wider sense, ‘foreign language acquisition’ is considered to be a part of it.
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