Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of English Language and Literature

Title

When cultural scripts collide: Conflicting child-rearing values in a mixed-culture home

Language

English

Abstract

This paper discusses some key differences between the child-rearing values of American-English culture and Hong Kong-Cantonese culture. Evidence is drawn from contrasts in the child-rearing-related speech behaviour of people from the two cultures, including the American English-speaking author and his Hong Kong Cantonese-speaking partner. Speaker-oriented cultural scripts written in the natural semantic metalanguage are developed in an attempt to articulate and explain these differences in verbal behaviour. It is proposed that a major contrast between the two cultures is whether or not parents believe children can or should determine for themselves what is appropriate to say and do. © 2013 World Communication Association.

Keywords

American English, Child-rearing, Cultural Scripts, Hong Kong Cantonese, Natural Semantic Metalanguage

Publication Date

2013

Source Publication Title

Journal of Intercultural Communication Research

Volume

42

Issue

4

Start Page

376

End Page

392

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

DOI

10.1080/17475759.2013.838984

ISSN (print)

17475759

ISSN (electronic)

17475767

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