Interculturalities: Reframing identities in intercultural communication

Shanta Nair-Venugopal

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    Abstract

    This paper attempts to reframe identities as interculturalities in the multimodal ways in which language is used for identity construction, specifically as responses to questionnaires, articulations within limited narratives, on-line interactions and in community ways of speaking a localised variety of English. Relying on a framework of analysis that was initially developed for reconceptualisng culture (Nair-Venugopal, 2003a) in intercultural communication, these interculturalities in the Malaysian context are taken to refer to the ways in which identity constructions of personhood and nationhood are produced within local contexts of interaction, quite apart from demographic categorisation, organisational membership, social roles and other more traditional dimensions of identity construction. These interculturalities may be taken to be trajectories of both personhood as social identity, and of nationhood as national identities, in the intercultural encounters among members of heterogeneous groups in Malaysia. Viewed as multimodal identity constructions, they represent avenues for cross and intercultural adaptation in a plural yet seemingly multicultural country such as Malaysia that contribute to the evolving discourse on Bangsa Malaysia or national identity.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)76-90
    Number of pages15
    JournalLanguage and Intercultural Communication
    Volume9
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2009

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    intercultural communication
    Communication
    Malaysia
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    Trajectories
    Social Role
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    narrative
    questionnaire
    discourse
    language
    community

    Keywords

    • Articulations
    • Discourse
    • Identity production
    • Intercultural communication
    • Interculturalities
    • Multimodal language use

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Communication
    • Linguistics and Language

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    Interculturalities : Reframing identities in intercultural communication. / Nair-Venugopal, Shanta.

    In: Language and Intercultural Communication, Vol. 9, No. 2, 05.2009, p. 76-90.

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