Attend our public seminar series on Language and Culture, presented by RMIT Global and Language Studies.
Guest speaker: Istvan Kecskes, Distinguished Professor (State University of New York, USA)
Istvan Kecskes is Distinguished Professor of the State University of New York, USA. He is the President of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA) and the CASLAR (Chinese as a Second Language Research) Association. Professor Kecskes is the founder and co-director of the Barcelona Summer School on Bi- and Multilingualism, and the founder and co-director of the Sorbonne, Paris – SUNY, Albany Graduate Student Symposium.
His book Foreign language and mother tongue co-authored by Tunde Papp and published by Erlbaum in 2000 was the first book that described the effect of the second language on the first language based on a longitudinal research. Professor Kecskes' book, Intercultural Pragmatics, published by Oxford University Press in 2013, is considered a groundbreaking monograph that shapes research in the field. Currently he is working on a new book "English as a Lingua Franca: the Pragmatic Perspective" to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2018.
Professor Kecskes is the founding editor of the journal Intercultural Pragmatics and the Mouton Series in Pragmatics published by Mouton de Gruyter: Berlin/New York, as well as the bilingual (Chinese-English) journal CASLAR (Chinese as a Second Language Research) published by Mouton, and the co-founding editor of the Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict published by John Benjamins: Amsterdam/Philadelphia (co-founder Pilar Garces Blitvich). He sits on the editorial board of numerous prestigious journals and book series.
What standard linguistic and pragmatic theories assume about how things work in communication and language use depends on there being commonalities, conventions, standards and norms between language users. These conventions of language and conventions of usage (e.g. Morgan 1978; Searle 1979) create a core common ground on which intention and cooperation-based communication is built. When, however, this core common ground appears to be limited as is the case in intercultural communication interlocutors cannot take them for granted, rather they need to co-construct them, at least temporarily (Kecskes 2013). I will argue that this difference between L1 communication and intercultural communication may change our understanding of language in four aspects:
1) Shifts emphasis from the communal to the individual,
2) Alters the nature of the semantic/pragmatic interface,
3) Modifies our understanding of linguistic creativity,
4) Changes the role of context in language use.
The presentation will discuss these four issues through several examples from actual language use.
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).