Discourse and Intercultural Academic Rhetoric
Fethi Helal
University of Jendouba, Jendouba, Tunisia.
DOI: 10.4236/ojml.2013.32020   PDF   HTML     5,209 Downloads   8,562 Views   Citations


This paper is critically concerned with the recent attempts in contrastive rhetoric (CR) to interpret the linguistic and rhetorical differences found in the academic discourses produced by Anglophone and nonAnglophone academic and research writers. Framing this critique within a discourse view of language, culture and communication, this paper points to the need to go beyond such a priori, static, and too often vague concepts as language and culture as explanatory variables in intercultural (academic) rhetoric. Moreover, using data that examined the use of English in lingua franca contexts, the paper urges researchers in CR to consider the differences and misunderstandings arising from a history of socialization of academics to different discourse communities, varying assumptions of what constitutes appropriate academic genres, as well as the identities and meanings that are co-constructed in concrete and situated rhetorical action. It is believed that such a perspective on intercultural academic communication will not only help move the CR agenda forward, but will also lead to a better understanding of communicative and intercultural competence, and dialogue with the cultural academic “other”.

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Helal, F. (2013) Discourse and Intercultural Academic Rhetoric. Open Journal of Modern Linguistics, 3, 149-156. doi: 10.4236/ojml.2013.32020.

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