Linguistic Anthropology In Refugee Camps And Courts
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 18:45
Drawing on her fieldwork experience in various settings in Eastern and Central Europe – refugee camps, courts, schools and businesses, Helena Tuzinska explores the problems which arise when people try to communicate across cultural boundaries. She finds that communication works best when trust is established, and that the necessary step to fulfil this condition is to learn how to unlearn deeply rooted assumptions on both sides. In order to establish real intercultural communication, we must abandon the idea of verbatim translation and instead take advantage of recent anthropological insights into how language works, how meanings are socially constructed and how shared understandings are achieved. Inspired by research into language origins conducted by members of the Radical Anthropology Group, Helena concludes with some meditations on the related themes of counter-dominance and laughter.
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