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Communicative Styles and Genres: Between Universality and Culture-Specificity

Communicative Styles and Genres: Between Universality and Culture-Specificity 1. Introduction The present special thematic issue comes up as a result of a joint effort of members and supporters of the European Network for Intercultural Education Activities ( ENIEDA ), a collaborative academic initiative exploring and promoting the values of plurilingualism, democratic citizenship and intercultural cooperation through trans-disciplinary dialogue. Having initially focused on the European model of pluralistic society, its policies, practices and perspectives—outlined in the Preamble of the 1982 Recommendation of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, in which they acknowledge the fact “that the rich heritage of diverse languages and cultures in Europe is a valuable common resource to be protected and developed, and that a major educational effort is needed to convert that diversity from a barrier to communication into a source of mutual enrichment and understanding” ( Recommendation R (82)18)— ENIEDA ’s activities have now expanded both in geographical and disciplinary terms. 2. Background From its original Europe-based and (predominantly) pragmatics-anchored programme of research set up in 2008, the Network has evolved into an expanding global community of academic collaborators, whose activities go beyond and across all boundaries—regional, cultural, scholarly, disciplinary, phenomenological. Still (largely) preoccupied with issues revolving around communication, culture and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Review of Pragmatics Brill

Communicative Styles and Genres: Between Universality and Culture-Specificity

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Brill
Copyright
Copyright 2015 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.
ISSN
1877-3095
eISSN
1877-3109
DOI
10.1163/18773109-00702001
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Abstract

1. Introduction The present special thematic issue comes up as a result of a joint effort of members and supporters of the European Network for Intercultural Education Activities ( ENIEDA ), a collaborative academic initiative exploring and promoting the values of plurilingualism, democratic citizenship and intercultural cooperation through trans-disciplinary dialogue. Having initially focused on the European model of pluralistic society, its policies, practices and perspectives—outlined in the Preamble of the 1982 Recommendation of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, in which they acknowledge the fact “that the rich heritage of diverse languages and cultures in Europe is a valuable common resource to be protected and developed, and that a major educational effort is needed to convert that diversity from a barrier to communication into a source of mutual enrichment and understanding” ( Recommendation R (82)18)— ENIEDA ’s activities have now expanded both in geographical and disciplinary terms. 2. Background From its original Europe-based and (predominantly) pragmatics-anchored programme of research set up in 2008, the Network has evolved into an expanding global community of academic collaborators, whose activities go beyond and across all boundaries—regional, cultural, scholarly, disciplinary, phenomenological. Still (largely) preoccupied with issues revolving around communication, culture and

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International Review of PragmaticsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2015

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