"Laid back” and “irreverent”

an ethnopragmatic analysis of two cultural themes in Australian English communication

Rahel Cramer, Cliff Goddard

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Abstract

Consider this quotation from a study into Australian–American communication issues: “Australian men and women are friendly, humorous, and sardonic (derisive, disdainful, and scornful)” (Renwick, 1980[1991], p. 22). Surely it poses a puzzle: What cultural logic is at play whereby can Australians be “friendly [and] humorous” and yet at the same time “derisive, disdainful, and scornful”?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of communication in cross-cultural perspective
EditorsDonal Carbaugh
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Chapter8
Pages89-103
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781315709321
ISBN (Print)9781138892118, 9781138892095
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameInternational Communication Association handbook series

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Cramer, R., & Goddard, C. (2017). "Laid back” and “irreverent”: an ethnopragmatic analysis of two cultural themes in Australian English communication. In D. Carbaugh (Ed.), Handbook of communication in cross-cultural perspective (pp. 89-103). (International Communication Association handbook series). New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315709321.ch8