Excuse me... What did you really mean?
Faculty Student Seminar: A Talk by Dr. Adi Raz
Tue, February 15, 2011 | Texas Hillel Library, 2105 San Antonio St.
An old woman is standing in the middle of the isle in your local supermarket. You don’t see her and you bump into her. In Korea, you would apologize ten times and give her your business card, just in case she wants to contact you. In Hungary, you would apologize profusely. In Israel, you would scold her and ask why she is standing in the middle of the isle waiting for an accident to happen…What is the proper thing to do in a given culture? Why do non-native speakers visiting other cultures tend to offend the locals? These questions can all be answered by understanding the pragmatics of a culture. Pragmatics is the study of language as action and of the social contexts in which linguistic action takes place. Cross-cultural pragmatics is the study of linguistic action carried out by language users from different ethnolinguistic backgrounds.
This talk will discuss the different meanings behind words and how they relate to the Middle East.
The seminar will be held at Texas Hillel, and we will serve a light lunch, please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by: Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies jointly with Texas Hillel
- Undergraduate Program
- Yiddish Language and Culture
- Gale Collaborative on Jewish Life in the Americas
Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies
University of Texas at Austin
305 E 23rd St B3600
Austin, Texas 78712
- Office of the Dean
- Academic Affairs
- Research & Graduate Studies
- Student Affairs
- Business Affairs
- Human Resources
- Alumni & Giving
- Public Affairs
- LAITS: IT & Facilities
- The University of Texas at Austin
116 Inner Campus Dr Stop G6000
Austin, TX 78712
- General Inquiries: