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The Languages of Business

An International Perspective

Edited by Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini, Sandra Harris

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What do real people around the world actually say when they meet for business purposes? This book explores how people around the world, speaking different languages, accomplish business. It explores the cultural assumptions underlying a variety of task-oriented verbal interactions - from a simple book purchase to a complex bargaining session. The languages covered include varieties of English (British, American and Australian) used in inter-cultural settings - such as American and Japanese, or Australian and Korean/Vietnamese Japanese - and other languages such as German, Spanish, Italian, and Brazilian Portuguese as used in intra-cultural situations.

About the Author

Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini has published widely on business discourse. She is currently working as an independent researcher.

Professor Emeritus, Nottingham Trent University


The nine exploratory contributions to this compilation have one more characteristic in common. All of them end with a section of Practical Tips in which the authors present some of the more important cultural or business features that the practitioner has to take into account. Strange as this may seem in a scientific reader on linguistic aspects of business encounters, it provides this edition with something extra over the average textbook.
- J Piet Verckens