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Intercultural Communication

A Critical Introduction

Ingrid Piller

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A comprehensive and critical overview of the field of intercultural communication

Combining perspectives from discourse analysis and sociolinguistics, the second edition of this popular textbook provides students with an up-to-date overview of the field of intercultural communication. Ingrid Piller explains communication in context using two main approaches. The first treats cultural identity, difference and similarity as discursive constructions. The second, informed by bilingualism studies, highlights the use and prestige of different languages and language varieties as well as the varying access that speakers have to them.

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Preface to the second edition
1 Approaching intercultural communication
2 The genealogy of intercultural communication
3 Language and culture
4 Nation and culture
5 Intercultural communication in a multilingual world
6 Intercultural communication in a transnational world
7 Intercultural communication at work
8 Intercultural communication for sale
9 Intercultural romance
10 Intercultural communication in education
11 Becoming an intercultural mediator

About the Author

Ingrid Piller is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She holds a PhD from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, and has taught at universities in Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. She has published widely on the sociolinguistics of language learning, multilingualism and intercultural communication. She blogs about her research at


- BAAL Book Prize Committee
- Lipan Lyu, East China Normal University, Intercultural Pragmatics
- Eulalia Canals, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Language and Intercultural Communication
- Aneta Pavlenko, Temple University, UKLEF E-Seminar 2012
- Jane Woodin, University of Sheffield, International Journal of Applied Linguistics

- Irina Diana Madroane, West University of Timisoara, The European English Messenger

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