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Culture and Language for Specific Purposes

  1. Ulla Connor,
  2. William Rozycki

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0304

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Connor, U. and Rozycki, W. 2012. Culture and Language for Specific Purposes. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


A classic defi nition of culture has been formulated as follows by the anthropologists Kroeber and Kluckhohn: Culture consists of patterns, explicit and implicit, of and for behavior acquired and transmitted by symbols, constituting the distinctive achievement of human groups, including their embodiments of artifacts; the essential core of culture consists of traditional (i.e., historically derived and selected) ideas and especially their attached values; culture systems may, on the one hand, be considered as products of actions, on the other as conditioning elements of further action. (p. 357)


  • culture;
  • discourse analysis;
  • globalization;
  • intercultural communication;
  • identity;
  • language for specific purposes