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Intercultural Pragmatics$
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Istvan Kecskes

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199892655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892655.001.0001

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Encyclopedic Knowledge, Cultural Models, and Interculturality

Encyclopedic Knowledge, Cultural Models, and Interculturality

(p.81) 4 Encyclopedic Knowledge, Cultural Models, and Interculturality
Intercultural Pragmatics

Istvan Kecskes

Oxford University Press

In the definition of intercultures it was underlined that they are situationally emergent and co-constructed phenomena that rely both on relatively definable cultural norms and models as well as situationally evolving features. So this chapter discusses how encyclopaedic knowledge and cultural models affect the shaping of intercultures. Encyclopaedic knowledge is reviewed from a cognitive perspective and is its understanding is revised in the socio-cognitive framework. The discussion on cultural models is motivated by the different interpretations of culture. Numerous examples are used to demonstrate how cultural models operate in intercultural communication in shaping intercultures. At the end of the chapter a comparison of intracultural and intercultural is given.

Keywords:   Encyclopaedic knowledge, cultural model, interculturality, emergent, intracultural, socio-cognitive framework

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