NATION AND LANGUAGE MODERN
ASPECTS OF SOCIO-LINGUISTIC
PERCEPTION OF ANOTHER CULTURE:
PROTOTYPES AND STEREOTYPES
Moscow State Pedagogical University, Russia,
This article includes a research summary on national cross-identification (prevailing ideas on national
character, its perception by another culture, and influence of prototypes and stereotypes). Our research goal
First, we sought to elicit and analyze students’ perceptions of other cultures.
wanted to demonstrate the inherent difficulties in the process of national identification exemplified by the
divergence of individual subjective perception from the overall group opinion. The principal pedagogical
issue proposed for discussion by the author is the promotion of active interaction and integration of traditional
classroom curricular activities with non-traditional out-of-classroom extracurricular options.
Key words: prototypes, stereotypes, national cross-identification, cultural identity.
In this publication, the author examines the
misunderstandings and attempts to answer the question:
mishaps in intercultural communication, are they a global
problem or a problem of globalization?
Undoubtedly, the convergence of the European
and global cultural spheres has its benefits.
together of various cultures enhances communication and
aids objective understanding of cultural differences.
the same time, the temptation to trade our cultural
diversity for homogenous cultural uniformity is becoming
ever more stronger.
In this context, the preservation of
small cultures and languages is increasingly relevant.
Definition and preservation of national identity
is not a novel problem.
However, today’s circumstances
have altered both our self-perception and others’
perception of us.
And so the questions “what are we?”
and “how do others view us?” became the foundation of
This research was supported and funded by
David M. Kennedy Center for International studies of
Brigham Young University (USA) in 2005.
In our quest,
we invited candor from students everywhere – in Russia,
United States, Ukraine, Moldova, Latin America, and
Together, we attempted to discover the mysterious
snags and snares that impede our communication, to
work through them.
Presentation of the research results
The academic underpinning of our research
includes the works of distinguished psychologists,
culturologists, and linguists of the present day, among
them Bakhtin M. (1986), Losskiy N. (1957), Lewis R.D.
(2003), Mead M. and
R.Meh trauxe (1953), Scollon R. &
Scollon S.W (1957), Wederspahn G.M. (2000), Fabrizio
C. (1981), Hall S. (1996), and Huntington S.P.(1996).
It is worth noting that most of today’s