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4. Analysing Japanese ‘face-in-interaction’: insights from intercultural business meetings

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1. Title Title of document 4. Analysing Japanese ‘face-in-interaction’: insights from intercultural business meetings - Face, Communication and Social Interaction
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Michael Haugh; Griffith University; Australia
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Yasuhisa Watanabe; Queensland University of Technology; Australia
3. Subject Discipline(s) Linguistics; Communication
4. Subject Keyword(s) linguistics; communication; speech; pragmatics
5. Subject Subject classification P121-149 Science of language (Linguistics); P94.7 Interpersonal communication
6. Description Abstract In this chapter, we undertake an analysis of how face arises in the interactional flow of an intercultural business meeting involving Analysing Japanese ‘face-in-interaction’ 79 Japanese and non-Japanese members of a Japanese firm based in Australia. While this meeting involved a mixture of English and Japanese, we argue that the overall tenor of the interaction is firmly oriented towards Japanese norms of interaction, which are both constitutive of, and enacted through, interaction in the course of this meeting. It is thus suggested that through this analysis we can gain insight into how face in (Modern Standard) Japanese is interactionally achieved, in the conversation analytic sense of the ‘conjoint, non-summative outcome’ of two or more persons (Arundale, 2006: 196). However, it is also acknowledged that projectings or interpretings of face in interaction are not always interactionally achieved. The term ‘face-in-interaction’ is thus proposed to encompass projectings and interpretings, as well as interactional achievings, of face through interaction. The chapter begins with an overview of our understanding of face building upon previous work, before briefly discussing the methodological background of this study. An analysis of four key incidents involving face from our data is then undertaken, before drawing together some implications of this study for theories of face and facework.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-May-2009
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.19064
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Face, Communication and Social Interaction
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) global
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