Written Analysis: Communicative Competence and Intercultural Communication (1400 – 1600 words) (50%) (Learning outcome 1,3,4)
In talk exchanges, as well as drawing on linguistic knowledge, communicators draw on para-linguistic/extra-linguistic features, background knowledge and knowledge of context and culture in order to understand the implicature of each participant’s utterances. Intercultural communication difficulties can arise not because of a difficulty with the actual language, but because of the different assumptions and expectations that people from different cultures bring to the act of communicating.
With reference to your readings, analyse the talk exchange below from the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Goetsman, Hanks & Zwick, 2002). Give a possible explanation for the reason for the difficulties in understanding, and discuss your insights into how your own culture influences your communication.
Talk exchange: My Big Fat Greek Wedding (34.07) Maria: Oh! Hello!. I am Maria Portakalos. And welcome! Welcome to our home. Mrs Miller: (both arms outstretched, gives Maria a cake). Maria: Ah..... what is it? Mrs Miller: It's a bundt Maria: A bundt? Mrs Miller: Bunt Maria: Bon... bonk, bonk... Mrs Miller: Bunt Maria: Bonn..t Mrs Miller: Bundt! Mr Miller: It's ok. Maria's friend: (speaks in Greek) Maria: Oh!. It's a cake! Thank you, thank you, very very much.
Goetzman, G., Hanks, T. Zwick, J. (Producers), (Director). (2002). My big fat Greek wedding [Motion picture]. USA: Playtone.
Ian Miller, (an upper class, non-Greek American) is engaged to middle class Greek American Toula. Toula's mother Maria invites Mr and Mrs Miller for dinner at her place.
Do Section1 for the next class.
For this section of Assessment 1, you should write 900 – 950 words, including the text of the talk-exchange. Set out your work in the table format that will be given to you. Adjust size of text boxes as appropriate.
We will do sections 2-3 of the practice assignment later
For this section of the assignment, write 1-2 paragraphs, about 250-300 words
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