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Both authors are renowned scholars in the area of workplace discourse (analysis), and the manuscript is written in an academic but friendly style. With a well-articulated argument supporting the constructionist view of language and culture, it shows a timely, inspirational breakthrough in the linguistic approach to communication in the globalized workplace, raising the reader's awareness of how to skillfully mediate between scholarly and popular discourses. The essentialist and constructionist dualism presents many problems, and there is large space for investigating the subtle, dynamic interaction between essentialist culture and constructionist culture at different levels. For instance, will the latter be stabilized when it gradually becomes part of the former? As a researcher in the field, I have realized that existing research on the topic predominantly adopts qualitative English data from the white-collar workplace in non-Asian contexts. Therefore, I would also be interested in a picture of the blue-collar workplace and the use of mixed methods in addressing the question of language and culture at work.

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This page is a summary of: Language and culture at work, Language and Intercultural Communication, June 2017, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/14708477.2017.1339375.
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