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Intercultural moments in translating and humanising the socio-legal system

Hua, Z; Wei, L; Jankowicz-Pytel, D; (2019) Intercultural moments in translating and humanising the socio-legal system. Language and Intercultural Communication 10.1080/14708477.2019.1657881. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper seeks to address the question how people go about intercultural differences in an institutional setting which aims to mediate between the socio-legal system and the ‘outsiders’ of the system, i.e. ordinary citizens, through an investigation of professional interactions between a legal advisor and her clients of Eastern European backgrounds in London. Drawing data from a linguistic ethnography, the analysis foregrounds the practice of re semiotisation and calibration. The second aim is to extend the notion of ‘intercultural moments’ and to explore its analytical benefits in understanding fleeting and seemingly mundane moments in encounters. Arykuł ten bada, jak ludzie radzą sobie z różnicami międzykulturowymi winstytucji, która pośredniczy pomiędzy systemem społeczno-prawnym a osobami spoza systemu, zwykłymi obywatelami, poprzez analizę interakcji w sytuacjach zawodowych pomiędzy radcą prawnym a jej klientami w Londynie, pochodzącymi z Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej. Na podstawie socjolingwistycznych badań etnograficznych, analiza demonstruje praktyki resemiotyzacji oraz kalibracji. Drugim celem jest poszerzenie definicji pojęcia ‘momentów międzykulturowych’ oraz zbadanie ich analitycznych korzyści dla zrozumienia przelotnych i na pozór przyziemnych momentów podczas spotkań.

Type: Article
Title: Intercultural moments in translating and humanising the socio-legal system
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14708477.2019.1657881
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/14708477.2019.1657881
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Linguistics, Language & Linguistics, Intercultural moments, institutional interaction, ethnography, resemiotisation, calibration, socio-legal advice
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10085377
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