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Tapping the thirdness in the intercultural space of dialogue

Zhou, Vivien Xiaowei; Pilcher, Nick



In this paper, we explore intercultural communication as dialogue occurring in a third space. Through seven students' reflective essays on group-based intercultural learning, we analyse the ever-shifting communicative space that interlocutors produce through negotiating the meanings of difference and power and their dialogic relations with the other. Based on the findings, we propose intercultural dialogue (and intercultural communication) as a political and ethical response to the thirdness in the in-between space of communication, inherent in the character of social life but not always possible nor desired. We therefore suggest 'principles' for such dialogue be seen in this space and not as a teleologically-achievable ideal that privileges self-expression and normalises difference through a 'cultural diversity' discourse.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 2, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 22, 2018
Publication Date Nov 22, 2018
Deposit Date Nov 2, 2018
Publicly Available Date May 23, 2020
Journal Language and Intercultural Communication
Print ISSN 1470-8477
Electronic ISSN 1747-759X
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 1
Pages 23-37
Keywords Linguistics and Language; Communication
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Contract Date Nov 2, 2018


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