The Dependence of Receptive Sociopragmatic Competence and Discourse Competence on Learning Opportunities and Input
Chapter II: Theoretical Background and Contextualization: ICC
This chapter constitutes the first part of the theoretical background for the current study, including a literature review of one of the two central fields of this study: intercultural communicative competence. Beginning with an overview of the broad field of intercultural communicative competence, I will first consider the interconnectedness between language and culture in order to provide the theoretical stance in terms of the main concepts that will be under investigation within this study. Then, I will review a number of frameworks and models of ICC conceptualized in the areas of communication studies and second/foreign language education, thus providing a brief historical overview of the developments in the field of ICC, building up to a rationale for the model which is used in this investigation. Ultimately, ICC assessment and the challenges connected with it will be reviewed and discussed.
In the preface of his co-edited 1991volume The Pragmatics of International and Intercultural Communication, Jan Blommaert raised a key question for the study of intercultural interaction: ‘How much culture is there in intercultural communication?’ Even though, as Spencer-Oatey and Franklin (2009) pointed out aptly, it is impossible to answer this question precisely, it is essential to consider the relationship between language and culture in order to obtain a better idea of the close and mutually-influential interconnectedness between language and culture. In this chapter, I will review the issue from an applied linguistic perspective.
Language has often been referred to as the “key to a culture” (e.g...
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