Attend our public seminar series on Language and Culture, presented by RMIT Global and Language Studies.
Kerry Mullan is Convenor of Languages at RMIT and Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Research. She teaches French language and culture and introductory sociolinguistics. Her main research interests are cross-cultural communication and the differing interactional styles of French and Australian English speakers. She also researches in the areas of intercultural pragmatics, discourse analysis, language teaching and is currently investigating humour in social interactions.
This study is part of a larger project on social interaction in French and Australian English. Two comparative corpora of naturally occurring conversations during social visits in France and Australia were analysed to explore the use of humour in the two cultures. Australians are well known for their love of banter, teasing, jocular mockery and abuse, and many examples of these were found in our Australian corpus. The Australians showed a strong preference for this type of mock impoliteness aimed at another present party, thereby creating a bond with the other participants. The French speakers on the other hand, used much less of this kind of humour, preferring to reinforce bonds at the expense of an absent third party or through a gentler kind of teasing. A selection of comparative examples from the corpora will be discussed and linked back to the respective underlying ethos and cultural values of the participants, e.g. the importance for Australians of not taking oneself too seriously; and the need in French culture to appear sharp and witty, while at the same time making a show of one's positive feelings towards one's friends, if need be, at the expense of outsiders.
Language and Culture Seminar Series (LACSS)
This Series is focused on research in:
1. Language, society, culture, history and politics
2. Applied linguistics, language pedagogy
The Language and Culture Seminar Series (LACSS) is a new forum for RMIT researchers, including HDR students to share their research and engage in cross-cultural dialogues. It is open to anyone interested in the field.
The seminar will run once a month from Sem 1, 2017. If you are interested in presenting please contact Dr. Glenda Mejía (LACSS convenor) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LACSS is located within the Centre of Global Research (CGR).