THE PERSPECTIVE OF SYMBOLIC ANTHROPOLOGY ON CULTURAL DIVERSITY

Posted On Oct 19 2011 by

Nowadays, cultural anthropology is constantly growing as a profound and very large theoretical domain, thus becoming the inspirational source of many different trends of thought, spreading on the social sciences and philosophy. I should say  it  also tends to replace philosophy in its own traditional role of integrating data, ideas and information coming from all the scientific spectrum, and that is because of the growing complexity of the phenomenon: philosophy needs a sort of linking discipline for that, and anthropology is the most appropriate by itself. It also seems to represent the turning point in intercultural communication theories, given the …


CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND LINGUISTIC VARIATION IN THE PHRASEOLOGY OF RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS

Posted On Oct 18 2011 by

This study proposes a systematization of the phraseology of residential dwellings in a trilingual investigation of a whole series of culturally-specific phraseological units: idiomatic expressions, compound words, fixed combinations/collocations, clichés, proverbs and sayings etc. The linguistic and cultural analyses emphasize the existence of some mental images and conceptualizations of dwelling-houses, shared by and “conventionalized in the speech community” (Ellis 2008:2), with a proven discursive and stylistic potential and an impressive linguistic variety.


AUTOBIOGRAPHIES OF INTERCULTURAL ENCOUNTERS, OR HOW TO DEAL WITH INTERCULTURAL INTERACTIONS. IMPLICATIONS FOR TEACHING INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATIVE COMPETENCE

Posted On Oct 18 2011 by

The paper brings into focus problems such as identity, culture, cultural diversity, and intercultural interaction as reflected through the presentation of Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters, in order to enhance the necessity of establishing one major objective in nowadays teaching: developing intercultural communicative competence. The paper draws on Michael Byram`s Model of Intercultural Communicative Competence. Theoretical presentation is followed by the analysis of Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters, in order to establish a set of implications for the teaching process, with respect to cognitive, affective and action outcomes.