The Notion of Misunderstanding in Intercultural Communication

Volker Hinnenkamp (1)
(1) University of Augsburg, Germany , Germany

Abstract

Misunderstanding (MU) is a central working category in Intercultural Communicaton (ICC) studies. Generally speaking, MUs have gained the role of a raison-d'être for studying ICC, in particular under the premise that the communication in question is between cultural others, thus transforming MU into intercultural MU. In other studies, conflicts, uncomfortable moments, and miscontextualization in terms of sociocultural knowledge become indicative for ICC. Thus making MU criterial for ICC. Both positions are somehow biased and leave MU mystically underdefined. In order to escape such uncritical allround function of MU, all MUs should be of a comparable kind - under all premises.

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Volker Hinnenkamp
Hinnenkamp, V. (1999). The Notion of Misunderstanding in Intercultural Communication. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 1(1), 1–13. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v1i1.350

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