Key Concept #57: Contextualization Cues by Cynthia Gordon

Key Concepts in ICDThe next issue of Key Concepts in intercultural Dialogue is now available. This is KC57: Contextualization Cues by Cynthia Gordon. As always, all Key Concepts are available as free PDFs; just click on the thumbnail to download. Lists organized  chronologically by publication date and numberalphabetically by concept in English, and by languages into which they have been translated, are available, as is a page of acknowledgments with the names of all authors, translators, and reviewers.

KC57 Contextualization cues v2Gordon, C. (2015). Contextualization cues. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 57. Available from:

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue publishes a series of short briefs describing Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue. Different people, working in different countries and disciplines, use different vocabulary to describe their interests, yet these terms overlap. Our goal is to provide some of the assumptions and history attached to each concept for those unfamiliar with it. As there are other concepts you would like to see included, send an email to the series editor, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz. If there are concepts you would like to prepare, provide a brief explanation of why you think the concept is central to the study of intercultural dialogue, and why you are the obvious person to write up that concept.

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Cynthia Gordon Profile


Cynthia Gordon is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University.

Cynthia Gordon

She uses theories and methods of discourse analysis to examine everyday social interaction across a range of contexts. She is particularly interested in interactional sociolinguistics, theories of framing and intertextuality, and the linguistic construction of relationships and identities. Her experience includes collaborative research projects on family, medical, educational, and online and mobile phone communication. She is author of Making Meanings, Creating Family: Intertextuality and Framing in Family Interaction (Oxford University Press, 2009) and co-editor (with Deborah Tannen and Shari Kendall) of Family Talk: Discourse and Identity in Four American Families (Oxford University Press, 2007). She is author or co-author of articles published in Language in Society, Qualitative Research, Linguistics and Education, Communication and Medicine, Research on Language and Social Interaction, Journal of Pragmatics, and Intercultural Management Quarterly.

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Cynthia Gordon wrote KC57: Contextualization Cues.

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