Cultural Conceptualization and Cross-Cultural Misunderstanding in Iranian English
International Journal of Language and Linguistics
Volume 3, Issue 6, November 2015, Pages: 353-359
Received: Sep. 21, 2015;
Accepted: Oct. 4, 2015;
Published: Oct. 19, 2015
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Mehdi Solhi Andarab, English Preparatory Program, Istanbul Medipol University, Istanbul, Turkey
Asgar Mahmoudi, Department of English Language, Ardabil Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ardabil, Iran
Cross-cultural Misunderstanding has always been a conundrum for individuals who involve in intercultural communication. Coming from different cultural backgrounds, individuals tend to behave in a way that is appropriate to their own cultural norms which might pose serious problems for them. These cultural norms are what Sharifian (2010) titles cultural conceptualizations. Cultural conceptualizations are conceptual structures such as schemas, categories, and metaphors that come into existence as a result of interactions between members of a cultural group. This study elaborates on a number of important Iranian cultural schemas, such as ‘expressing thankfulness’, ‘making request’ and ‘complimenting’, and explores how these cultural schemas can potentially culminate in cross-cultural misunderstanding when communicating in English. This study argues in favor of enhancing people’s meta-cultural competence, which is a prerequisite for successful communication in contexts in which English operates as an international language.
Mehdi Solhi Andarab,
Cultural Conceptualization and Cross-Cultural Misunderstanding in Iranian English, International Journal of Language and Linguistics.
Vol. 3, No. 6,
2015, pp. 353-359.
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