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"Gravitation cannot explain why people fall in love." - Delmar


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Today, the majority of scholars interests in the theory and practice of Intercultural communication. But what does it mean? Intercultural communication is a form communication that aims to share information across different cultures and social groups. It is used to describe the wide range of communication processes and problems that naturally appear within an organization made up of individuals from different religious, social, ethnic, and educational backgrounds. Intercultural communication is sometimes used synonymously with cross-cultural communication.

In the first paragraph, the author describes evidences that the investigation of intercultural communication problems requires expertise from different study areas. He believes that the greatest achievement is the fact that some academics that protected the disciplines’ boundaries from “strangers”, have now started listening and understanding to each other. The problems in intercultural communication usually come from problems in message transmission. In communication between people of the same culture, the person who receives the message interprets it based on values, beliefs, and expectations for behavior similar to those of the person who sent the message. The present state of intercultural communication research is characterized by a lack of general methodological foundations and common conceptual approaches. And, unfortunately, there is no clear theoretical basis, fundamental assumptions, which would allow scholars of different directions and trends achieve mutual understanding.

Communication study is well-developed in the U.S. and in other Western countries, but linguistics aspects of discourse are ignored. In Russia, on the contrary, there is a strong preference for linguistics, but communication study is still at an early stage of its development.

Also, the author examines Ethnolinguistics developed by A.S. Gerd, A.M. Kopylenko, N.I. Tolstoy, etc. Ethnolinguistics (sometimes called cultural...


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