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date: 27 May 2020

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Drawing from the intercultural and intergroup communication research literature, the objective of this chapter is to unpack the relationship among language, identity, and culture from multiple identity-based frameworks. Three theoretical frameworks—identity negotiation theory, intergroup communication accommodation theory, and face-negotiation theory—are used to illuminate the interdependent relationship between sociocultural membership issues and language/verbal interaction styles. Overall, a process competence perspective to the understanding of language, identity, and culture is emphasized. An intercultural-intergroup process competence perspective contains two key ideas: being super-mindful of the symbolic message exchange process between the two intercultural communicators, and being super-mindful in understanding the sociocultural identity dynamics in language/verbal style enactment in a multilayered cultural system. Throughout the chapter, ample examples are used to illustrate the dynamic interdependence among language variations, sociocultural memberships, and shifting cultural boundary encounter issues.

Keywords: Communication Accommodation, Face Negotiation, Identity Negotiation, Intercultural-Intergroup Competence, Mindful

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