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Understanding Intercultural Communication by Adrian Holliday

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Chapter 9

Cultural travel and innovation

This chapter deals with the way in which cultural experience and competence can be carried from one location to another. It counters the common expectation that newcomers have an inherent disadvantage because cultural lines can never fully be crossed.

A significant part of the focus of this book has been the underlying universal cultural processes domain of the grammar within which people from varied cultural backgrounds are able to share common abilities in everyday small culture formation. The narratives throughout the book have involved characters from a variety of cultural backgrounds. In all cases, the final band in the ‘categories of cultural action’ analyses has indicated that every one of the characters ...

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