Intercultural communication

Intercultural communication

It is widely recognised that learning a language encompasses both linguistic and intercultural communicative competence.

Some of our researchers study developments in the economic, political and cultural life of the language communities concerned. Central topics are Spanish languages, cultures and identities, Latin American cultures and identities, human rights, football, society and rhetoric and language policy.

Other researchers investigate sociopragmatic studies of the relationship between high and low context communication, and the role of face and power distance in intercultural interaction. Other sociopragmatic studies examine English used as a lingua franca (ELF) in intercultural encounters, both in negotiations discourse and in e-mail communication. Researchers within this field also work on a project relating to language management, which is part of NHH’s programme on Future-Oriented Corporate Solutions (FOCUS).

The GLAD research network aims to share and compare strategies and resources for fostering cooperation among scholars interested in linguistic and cultural Anglicization involving the widest possible range of speech communities world-wide.

Ongoing research projects

  • LANGUAGE MANAGEMENT PROJECT

    LANGUAGE MANAGEMENT PROJECT

    The Language Management project focuses on the challenges posed by the dramatic increase in the number of linguistically diverse organisations, where one of the most common strategies is to adopt English as the functional language for organisational communicative purposes.

    Another aspect is the use of the local language in this function, exemplified by the use of Norwegian in multinational organisations located in Norway. The concept of sensemaking is used to describe how members of an organisation interpret their environment and try to reduce equivocality by creating a shared understanding of experienced situations.

    This project is part of NHH's research programme Future-Oriented Corporate Solutions (FOCUS), and addresses questions concerning how language issues affect international knowledge workers working in Norway.

    FOCUS

  • GLAD - Global Anglicism Database Network

    GLAD - Global Anglicism Database Network

    GLAD - Global Anglicism Database Network aims to share and compare strategies and resources for fostering cooperation among scholars interested in linguistic and cultural Anglicization involving the widest possible range of speech communities world-wide. Among its specific objectives are producing an online global database of Anglicisms and investigating theoretical issues related to language contact with English and related phenomena.

    Glad Network