Intercultural Rhetoric

In 1996, ICIC Director Ulla Connor authored the seminal book on Contrastive and Intercultural Rhetoric, Contrastive Rhetoric: Cross-cultural aspects of second-language writing. Since then, ICIC has been a leader in Intercultural Rhetoric (IR) and has made significant contributions to the advancement of the field. ICIC has been pleased to collaborate with scholars globally to apply IR to a wide variety of fields and situations including EAP, ESP, translingualism, and healthcare communication. Intercultural Rhetoric also serves as the theoretical foundation for much of the other research conducted at ICIC, as well as for the programs and training conducted by the center.

Selected Publications

  • Upton, T., & Connor, U. (Eds.) (2013). Language for specific purposes, The encyclopedia of applied linguistics. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons.
  • Connor, U. (2011). Intercultural rhetoric in the writing classroom. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
  • Connor, U., Nagelhout, E., & Rozycki, W. (Eds.). (2008). Contrastive rhetoric: Reaching to intercultural rhetoric. Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins. 
  • Biber, D., Connor, U., & Upton, T. A. (2007). Discourse on the move. Using corpus analysis to describe discourse structure. Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins.
  • Connor, U., & Upton, T. A. (Eds.). (2004). Discourse in the professions: Perspectives from corpus linguistics. Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins.
  • Connor, U., Tan, X., Zhang, Y., Hume, M. (2022). A intercultural analysis of metadiscourse in international mathematical contest papers. From research to EAP practice. Lingua, 271, 103248.
  • Ene, E., McIntosh, K., & Connor, U. (2019). Using intercultural rhetoric to examine translingual practices of postgraduate L2 writers of English. Journal of Second Language Writing, 45, 105-11.
  • Connor, U., Driscol, J., & Cao, X. (2018). Needs analysis and legal English course design in pre-master of laws program: A case study in a U.S. university law school. International Journal for the Rule of Law, Courtroom Procedures, Judicial Linguistics & Legal English, 2, 10-31.
  • Connor, U., Gokpinar-Shelton, E., & McIntosh, K. (2017). What intercultural rhetoric can contribute to EAP/ESP writing studies in an English as a lingua franca world. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 29, 12-20.
  • Connor, U. (2014). Comments on Xiaoming Li’s "Are 'cultural differences a mere fiction?'". Journal of Second Language Writing, 25, 121-122.
  • Connor, U. (2011). Intercultural rhetoric and language of healthcare. In K. Aijmer & G. Andersen (Eds.), Pragmatics of society. Handbooks of pragmatics, Vol. 5 (pp. 593-604), Berlin, Germany: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Rozycki, W., Connor, U., Pylitt, L., & Logio, L. (2011). Assessing cultural knowledge among international medical graduates. In B. Hoekje & S. Tipton (Eds.), English language and the medical profession: Instructing and assessing the communication skills of international physicians (pp. 111-132). Bingley, UK: Emerald Press.
  • Connor, U., & Rozycki, W. (2012). ESP and intercultural rhetoric. In B. Paltridge & S. Starfield (Eds.), The handbook of English for specific purposes (pp. 427-444). UK: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Connor, U. (2012). Getting grants. In R. Kubota & Y. Sun (Eds.), Demystifying career paths after graduate school: A guide for second language professionals in higher education (pp. 141-150). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Connor, U., & Rozycki, W. (2013). Culture and language for specific purposes. In C. Chapelle (Ed.), The encyclopedia of applied linguistics (pp. 1-4). New York, NY: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Connor, U. (2013). Corpus linguistics in intercultural rhetoric. In D. Belcher & G. Nelson (Eds.). Critical and corpus-based approaches to intercultural rhetoric (pp. 8-21). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
  • Connor, U., & Traversa, A. (2014). The role of intercultural rhetoric in ESP education. In English language teaching world online: voices from the classroom, proceedings of the 4th CELC symposium. Singapore: Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore.
  • Connor, U. (2016). Intercultural Rhetoric. In J. I. Liontas, M. DelliCarpini, & J. C. Riopel (Eds.), The TESOL Encyclopedia of English language teaching. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Connor, U., Ene, E., & Traversa, A. (2016). Intercultural Rhetoric. In K. Hyland & P. Shaw (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of English for Academic Purposes (pp. 271-283). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Connor, U., & Zou, M. (2017). The role of mass media in transmission of health information as perceived by Chinese diabetes patients. In A.Y. L. Lee, Z. Kai & K. Chan (Eds.), Multidisciplinary Approaches to Media Literacy: Research and Practice (pp. 261-274). Beijing, China: Communication University of China Publishing House.
  • Connor, U. (2018). Epilogue. In Mur-Dueñas, P., & Šinkūnienė, J. (Eds.), Intercultural Perspectives on Research Writing (pp. 299-301). Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Ene, E., & Connor, U. (2019). Does Everyone Write the Five-Paragraph Essay? In Caplan, N., & Johns, A. (Eds.), Changing Practices for the L2 Writing Classroom: Moving Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay (pp. 42-63). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

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