Author: Janet Holmes

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Tourism and sociolinguistics

Guidebooks and tourist information have recently become the focus of attention by researchers in areas such as media studies, communication and linguistics. I was reminded of this when I picked up a pamphlet on...

about Janet Holmes

Janet Holmes is Emeritus Professor in Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. She is Director of the Wellington Language in the Workplace project, an ongoing study of communication in the workplace which has described small talk, humour, management strategies, directives, and leadership in a wide range of New Zealand workplaces.

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Intercultural communication (or Another reason to learn Italian)

Travel certainly increases one’s language awareness. In beautiful Aosta, an Italian town just over the border from France and Switzerland through the Mont Blanc tunnel, the locals are generally bilingual in French and Italian....

about Janet Holmes

Janet Holmes is Emeritus Professor in Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. She is Director of the Wellington Language in the Workplace project, an ongoing study of communication in the workplace which has described small talk, humour, management strategies, directives, and leadership in a wide range of New Zealand workplaces.

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Turn-taking

By Janet Holmes, Victoria University of Wellington A recent visitor from New York was aggrieved because his attempts to contribute to an animated discussion constantly brought the conversation to a halt. He was perceived...