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Language Shock

Understanding The Culture Of Conversation


 On Sale: 06/12/1996
 Formats:     Trade paperback
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Book Description

The key to communication, says linguistic anthropologist Michael Agar, is understanding the context and culture of conversation. In Language Shock, Agar reveals how deeply our language and cultural values intertwine to define who we are and how we relate to one another. From paying an electric bill in Austria to opening a bank account in Mexico to handling a parking ticket in the United States, he shows how routine tasks become lessons in the subtleties of conversation when we venture outside our cultural sphere. With humorous, insightful stories from his extensive travels, Agar engages us in a lively study of "languaculture" and enriches our view of the world.


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Critical Praise for Language Shock

"Friendly, wry, and clever . . . Agar takes us with him to India, Austria, and Mexico-with junkies and truckers--introducing us to languaculture, the inextricable interrelation between language and culture."
— Deborah Tannen, Ph.D., author of You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation; University Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University

ISBN: 9780688149499; ISBN10: 0688149499; Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks ; On Sale: 06/12/1996; Format: Trade paperback; Trimsize: 6 1/8 x 9 1/4; Pages: 288; $31.50; Ages: 18 and Up; BISAC1:SOC000000