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Journal of Multicultural Discourses

Published/Hosted by Multilingual Matters and Channel View Publications. ISSN: 1744-7143.

It is fair to say that existing journals on discourse, and on language and communication more generally, are largely oriented to the Western world. The philosophies, the concepts, the theories and the methods that are discussed are mostly of Western origin; if and when data from non-Western cultures are analysed, it is usually the Western paradigms that are employed, often without enough attention paid to local, particular contexts, including the concepts, concerns and intellectual traditions of those contexts. As a consequence, ideas, techniques and issues from non-Western communities are marginalised and opportunities for intercultural exchange and genuine scientific innovation missed. In these conditions, the international scholarly discourse remains largely univocal and a-cultural, though often under the guise of integraton, generality and interdisciplinarity.

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