Some of my texts
Compliments and Refusals in Poland and England: A Case
(draft of forthcoming paper, written jointly with Joanna Bhatti)
The pilot study
presented in this paper investigates the production and
reception of compliments and refusals in the relatively
proximate cultures of England and Poland. The findings reveal
significant systematic cross-cultural differences relating to
refusals, while the differences relating to compliments are
fewer and more subtle. The data suggests that the cross-cultural
similarities and differences observed can be explained in terms
of (a) a universalist view of institutional speech acts and face
concerns in rapport management, (b) the Relevance-theoretic view
of communication and cognition as oriented towards maximizing
informativeness, and (c) some culture-specific values. These
tentative conclusions are based on very limited data and
indicate useful directions for future research.
Review of Roy Harris (2009), Rationality and the
Literate Mind New York: Routledge.
pp.190 ISBN10: 0-415-99901-4.
In Writing & Pedagogy, Vol 3, No 1 (2011)
Review of Dimitra
Koutsantoni (2007) Developing Academic Literacies:
Disciplinary Communities� Culture and Rhetoric. Vol. 4, Contemporary Studies in
Descriptive Linguistics. Oxford:
Peter Lang. pp. 302 ISBN: 9783039105755.
2009, in Writing & Pedagogy, Vol
published in the Routledge Encyclopaedia of Pragmatics. Edited
by Louise Cummings.
pragmatic perspective on communication and culture.
2007, in: Handbooks of Applied
Linguistics Vol. 7: Intercultural Communication. Volume editors:
Helga Kotthoff and Helen Spencer-Oatey. Berlin: Mouton de
The main aim of
this article is to provide an introductory
cognitive-psychological account of communication in the context
of culture. I argue that a plausible account of inter-cultural
communication should provide an explicit characterization of
cultural knowledge and a reasoned account of the way cultural
knowledge is used in communication (as part of the context). I
try to show that the theoretical backbone of Sperber�s
epidemiological approach to culture and Sperber and Wilson�s
(1986/95) Relevance-theoretic approach to communication provides
a plausible approach to these issues.
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