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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:55361
Doc. No:TL25315
Call number:‭3250338‬
Main Entry:Stanley Van Horn
Title & Author:Linguistic creativity and professional discourse strategies: An intercultural perspectiveStanley Van Horn
College:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Date:2006
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2006
Page No:305
Abstract:This study examines the development of linguistic competence in intercultural professional language use. The study describes the speech genre of team problem-solving meetings of students in a masters in business administration program. Through discourse analysis of the meetings, the study identifies ways in which the participants (a) learn professional language and (b) use language to mediate both professional learning and the group process which sets the stage for achievement. The logogenesis, or textual unfolding, of four selected group problem-solving tasks is analyzed. The meetings are a significant site for the learning of professional knowledge, professional language and team communication skills. Accordingly, the principal foci of discourse analysis are the linguistic strategies which teams employ in order to negotiate their way through stages in tasks, to build ideas collaboratively, and to enforce "correct" uses of both ordinary linguistic items and disciplinary concepts. The site of professional learning is unavoidably multinational and multicultural. Teams consist of up to four different national and linguistic groups. Participants in the study come from India, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United States, and Venezuela. The group process and communicative strategies described and analyzed in this study reflect a sociolinguistic reality in which specialized, collaborative work with a global focus requires not only professional competence but also intercultural competence in achieving interaction-dependent goals. The discourse strategies of teams attempting the same task are compared and contrasted in this study. While a linguistic analysis of business student team meetings cannot provide a business assessment of a team's solution, teams can be comparatively assessed by how they reach their objectives in terms of the internal logic of the team discourse. Not all teams are equally successful in reaching their own objective. The meetings of two different teams show dramatic differences in the organization of the task and in the discourse routines which are used to manage discussion. A debating style of cyclical challenges locks one team into opposing sides, while a constructive style characterizes another team whose members elaborate and ratify each other's open-ended proposals.
Subject:Social sciences; Education; Language, literature and linguistics; Business communication; Discourse analysis; Intercultural; Linguistic creativity; Professional discourse; Linguistics; Management; Business education; 0688:Business education; 0290:Linguistics; 0454:Management
Added Entry:B. B. Kachru
Added Entry:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign